Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Poland police detain man for family abuse

A 24-year-old Pole has been arrested on charges he was brutally mistreating his wife, 20, his 18-month-old daughter and 4-month old son, police said.

Krzysztof Piechaczek, police spokesman in the southern Polish town of Ruda Slaska near Krakow, said police usually do not detain people on family abuse claims but in this case they convinced a court judge the arrest was the only option, Polish Radio reported Thursday.

Piechaczek said police were often called to the apartment of the 24-year-old man and during the last family fight he hit the baby son against the wall and kicked him, the Polish Rzeczpospolita daily said.

The boy but was taken to a hospital and is now recovering.

The Ruda Slaska court Monday ordered the arrest of the man, charged with beatings and threats to kill his wife and the children.

If convicted the man faces five years in jail.

The town's social welfare service would provide financial assistance to the family.