Alleged beating over stepson’s schoolwork lands man in jail on child abuse charges

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer | Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

PALM BEACH GARDENS — A Palm Beach Gardens man who allegedly beat his 16-year-old stepson over of his schoolwork has been arrested on child abuse charges.

This morning, a judge ordered 35-year-old Shawn G. Labonte held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. He is charged with child abuse with assault or battery.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the 16-year-old and his mother drove to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department at 6:15 p.m. on Monday to report an assault.

The 16-year-old boy, whose name is withheld in the report, told an officer that Labonte began yelling at him after picking him up from his friend's house earlier in the day. The boy said that Labonte continued to yell at him until they got home, where the yelling escalated into a beating, the affidavit stated.

The boy said that Labonte punched him in the left side of his face and also ripped off his earring when Labonte grabbed the boy's ear. The mother gave the same account, according to the affidavit.

Officers then headed to speak with Labonte at the family's home in the 1400 block of Barlow Court in Palm Beach Gardens.

Labonte told the officers that he was disappointed when he learned that his stepson would be taking a make-up test for an earlier math test that he failed. Labonte said that once they got home, he took off the boy's wristband and watch, and threw them against the wall because he was upset with his stepson.

Labonte said his stepson jumped on his back, but that he never punched the boy.


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