Police say that a Staten Island man was so upset with his 9-year-old son for taking money from his wallet that he burned the child's hands, hit him and stuffed him into the oven, threatening to burn him alive. James Moss, 52, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the Staten Island Advance, Moss, who is 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs 270 pounds, first burned his son Christopher's hands over an open flame for two minutes. The Post reports that Moss, who allegedly forced his son to take off his clothes, "then struck the boy in the back with a spatula, slapped him in the face and dragged him across the floor." He put the boy in the oven and closed the door, but did not turn the oven on.
Someone (it's unclear who) called 911, and when police arrived, Moss said, "My son stole some money from my wallet and I burnt him and burnt his hand on the stove."