South Salt Lake police reportedly investigated a case of alleged child abuse that they say was not so straightforward.
A man reportedly accused of whipping his two stepsons with an electrical cord was not arrested and did not lose custody of the children because police said he is an immigrant and didn't understand U.S. law.
An officer reportedly recently spotted an 8-year-old boy wandering the streets and asked him what was wrong. The boy showed the officer bruising and welts on his back and arms.
Sgt. Gary Keller of the South Salt Lake Police Department said the boy's 11-year-old brother had the same.
The boys said their stepfather, who reportedly recently emigrated from sub-Sahara Africa, frequently whipped them with an electrical cord. Keller said police investigated and learned the stepfather was unaware of U.S. laws or what is considered too harsh according to American standards.
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