By Jacob Mathias
A 33-year-old Stevens Point man faces felony child abuse charges after allegedly hitting his child, an action which lead to gun threats from a roommate.
Everett Esparza was at a home on the 1400 block of Soo Marie Ave. with his wife and child and another couple on July 31 when police were called following an argument. The caller told dispatch he had been struck about 10 times by the defendant. Officers were also told children were on premises and a gun may have been involved.
Upon arrival the primary female resident pointed to the defendant and told police, “He needs to go”.
Police records state Esparza became upset when his 5-year-old son misbehaved and struck the child. He told officers later he also became angry with his wife after she took too long to smoke a cigarette and he slapped her on the back of the head. Esparza said another male resident of the home became angry about this, pulled out a gun and pointed it at Esparza’s face.
Esparza said he then slapped the other man’s face, grabbed the gun and put it in his own mouth. The other man pulled the gun away and pointed it at the ceiling. The gun was put away before any shots were fired.
The male victim had a swollen left eye and an abrasion on the right side of his neck.
Esparza faces a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment, or a $10,000 fine or both for physical abuse of a child, a Class H felony. He also faces two counts of misdemeanor battery, each which carries a maximum sentence of nine months imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
He returns to Branch 3 of Portage County Circuit Court on September 8 at 3 PM for a preliminary hearing.