TELL US: How do you feel about corporal punishment & at what point does it become abuse?

A 15-year-old was severely injured in Gainsville Wednesday after deputies said a 41-year-old man ordered the teen to strip naked and started beating him with a belt, according to a report from WCJB.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the teen jumped out of a third-story window at the Bellamy Grand Apartments and ran to a Walgreens about seven minutes away from the apartment to escape from Soloman Bennett, who is accused of child abuse.

The teen also said Bennett punched him in the head multiple times, deputies say.

WCJB did not report what happened before the incident occurred.

Witnesses told authorities that the teen was begging for help, WCJB reported.

Alachua County Fire Rescue crews said the teen was covered in blood and bruised when they responded the the incident.

Deputies said paramedics had to use two tourniquets to contain the bleeding from the injuries he suffered from jumping out the window. Paramedics also found dark red bruising on the teen’s back, butt and arms caused by a belt.

Bennett was arrested and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm. He was booked in the Alachua County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

We want to hear from you about parenting with corporal punishment. How do you feel about it and at what point does it become abuse? Share your responses below. Your response might be featured on a Channel 4 newscast.

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