NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News father has been charged after he allegedly beat his 9-year-old son with a belt and an extension cord.

Fredrick Anthony Taylor, 44, was charged with assault on a family member and abuse/neglect child causing serious injury for an incident on March 23.

According to police, Taylor said he spanked his son for misbehaving at school.

Following an investigation, police also charged Taylor with four counts of endanger/cruelty to a child for incidents between December 2011 and April 2013.

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