A doctor was arrested at Disney World, Florida, after staff said they saw him kick his three-year-old son in the face.
Dario Napolitano, 41, from Italy, was at the Epcot area of the resort on Saturday with his family when the alleged incident happened.
According to arrest reports, several witnesses saw Napolitano kick his son while he sat in his stroller during an argument with his wife and children.
His mother was said to be yelling ‘No, no, no,’ when it happened. The toddler was said to have been crying even before he was kicked in the face.
An Epcot employee then ‘went up to the child and saw that his face was bloody and the child was crying hysterically’.
Detectives said the boy had a cut below his left eye, bruising above his eyebrow and his entire left eye was swollen.
He was screaming in pain.
During questioning through an interpreter, the doctor tried to blame his older son for the incident, according to Central Florida News 13.
‘He yelled at his son a second time to stop and he complied throwing [the younger son] out of the stroller on the ground. He went up to his son [the older son] and slapped him twice across the face because he hurt his brother,’ said the interpreter.
Napolitano was charged with child abuse and is now free on $2,000 bond.
Park guest John Cissio told wftv.com: ‘I wouldn’t kick my son in the face for anything.
‘It doesn’t matter if he was at Disney or if he was in church. If he’s going to kick his son in the face, there’s something wrong with him.’
Napolitano checked his son and said he did not need to go to hospital for his injuries.