CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A 53-year-old father allegedly attacked his son after the boy refused to turn down a virtual school class – throwing him to the ground, trying to stick a thumb in his eye, and putting him in a chokehold, a Coral Springs police report said.

It was only after the boy said “but I’m your son,” that his father, identified as Richard Cunningham, released him from the chokehold, the boy told police, according to the report.

During the attack last Tuesday, the boy suffered cuts and scrapes and was treated at Broward Health Coral Springs.

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Cunningham -- who didn’t initially come out of the home when police arrived -- was arrested for a domestic battery by strangulation charge, the report said.

Once in custody, police determined Cunningham had a “no bond” warrant for his arrest on a trespassing charge.

The boy told police the attack happened after Cunningham asked him to turn down a virtual class and he refused.

After that, Cunningham picked up a chair and smashed it on a glass table, the boy told police, the report said.

Then, the father grabbed the boy by the face, threw him to the ground, tried to stick his thumb in his eye, and put him in a chokehold for an “extended period of time,” the boy told investigators.

Cunningham declined to speak with police, the report said.

When police examined the boy, they saw that the boy’s eyes were swollen and he had a cut under his eye and other parts of his body.

Cunningham remained Monday at Broward County Jail.


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