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Hidden cameras help police catch man seen beating 7-year-old with belt

HOUSTON -- A 7-year-old boy was beaten 62 times on his head, shoulders and body over five minutes -- and it was caught on hidden cameras at a  dumping ground in Houston, CW 39 reported.

"The suspect got out of the car ... got the little kid out of the car ... brought him around to the front of the hood and started just beating him relentlessly with a belt," Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said.

Most of the video is too graphic to show. Even police had a tough time trying to stomach it.

"It actually made me feel nauseous in watching the video how sad it was," Rosen said. "This little 7-year-old kid was hit so hard he was knocked off his feet in many instances."

About three hours later, deputies arrested Kordarell Williams, 27, and charged him with injury to a child. Officials said the hidden cameras saved the day.

"We have about 65 cameras that are deployed throughout the city and county, and we're actually trying to catch people who are illegally dumping," Rosen said.

A deputy was monitoring the site live on his computer at home.

"Saw this car pull up and saw the ensuing abuse of a child," Rosen said. "So, essentially he thought it was going to be somebody that was illegally dumping."

Instead, police caught the child beating. Investigators said Williams was dating the boy's mother. Now, Child Protective Services is investigating.

Williams was in the Harris County Jail since a judge denied him bail. Officers said the boy should be OK.

"He is a wonderful kid ... very sweet," Rosen said. "And for him to be beaten the way he was beaten is unconscionable."