Judge to decide where boy lives after father's child abuse arrest

Adolfo Guzman charged with aggravated child abuse

By Ben Candea , Alexandra Fruin - Producer
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The Miami Beach man who was arrested for allegedly tying his son to a cement pole and leaving him outside bonded out of jail Monday night after he was charged with aggravated child abuse.

Adolfo Guzman was arrested Sunday after police say he used a bicycle cable wire to chain his 12-year old son to a pole while he went shopping.

On Tuesday, a dependency court judge will decide whether the boy will remain in Guzman's custody.

According to an arrest report, Guzman's son left their apartment without permission Saturday. When he returned home, Guzman threatened to tie him up if he continued to wander off.

A neighbor said Guzman woke up and his son wasn't home. On Sunday, the boy left again without permission. When he returned, Guzman used a cable wire to tie him to the pole outside their apartment and left to go shopping, according to an arrest report.

Passer-bys flagged police officers down, who had the Miami Beach Fire Department cut the boy loose.

"It's all my fault. It's not his fault," the 12-year-old boy told Local 10's Glenna Milberg. "It's all my fault because I'm the one who got out of the house without permission. I came late."

The boy is the youngest of Guzman's children. A single father, Guzman raises his three children on a disability check. He moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republican about three years ago.

"I don't say nothing because he deserved that because he made my dad do that," said the boy's sister.

Police arrested Guzman when he returned home. A judge on Monday ordered he be held on $50,000 bond and have no contact with his 12-year-old son.

"He never hit me in my life. Not even my sisters," said the 12-year-old boy.

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