A California husband who was caught on video by his nine-year-old child brutally beating his wife in front of their young family has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Miguel Lazaro-Castillo, 38, was handed the maximum term allowed under the law on Friday local time, the New York Post reports, after pleading no contest in October to felony domestic violence, false imprisonment, and misdemeanour child abuse.
The charges stemmed from a harrowing incident that was reported on the morning of October 9, when the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from one of Lazaro-Castillo’s children, according to a statement from the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office.
Deputies raced to the family’s home and found Lazaro-Castillo sitting on top of his wife, who was lying facedown on a floor littered with blood-soaked napkins.
The couple’s three children, aged 9, 14 and 15, were at home at the time.
During the investigation, police learned that Lazaro-Castillo’s youngest child had recorded their mother’s brutal assault.
The recording, clocking in at more than six minutes, reportedly showed Lazaro-Castillo repeatedly jabbing his wife in the face and head.
One of Lazaro-Castillo’s daughters tried to protect her mother from the blows by shielding the woman with her hands, according to the DA’s office.
But Lazaro-Castillo reportedly slapped the girl on the leg and carried on with the assault by flipping his wife over onto her stomach and pressing her face into the carpet “for an extended amount of time”.
Lazaro-Castillo initially denied abusing his wife and claimed “he had no idea where all the blood had come from”.
It then emerged that the husband, wife, and one of their underage children were intoxicated, according to officials.
A deputy placed the three children into protective custody and arrested Lazaro-Castillo.
“Despite Lazaro-Castillo not having a prior criminal record, he received the maximum sentence for felony domestic violence based on the brutality of his actions and his utter disregard for his children,” the DA’s office said.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission