Sanford police arrest parents on aggravated child abuse charges

Seminole High School student told school official about abuse at home

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SANFORD, Fla. - Two parents were arrested Thursday after being accused of physically abusing their child at home, according to police.

A student at Seminole High School told a school official Thursday that they were being physically abused at home. The school then immediately contacted the Sanford Police Department.

Police said evidence collected indicates that the abuse was severe and ongoing.

According to the police report, the child's father, Rakesh Persaud, struck the child multiple times with his elbow to the child's face and ear, and knocked the child in the ribs.

Persaud also used electrical cords, a bamboo stick and belts in his punishment, according to the report.

Police said in the report the child's stepmother, Roseanna Prasnauth, allegedly used a metal cooking spoon to strike the child on the hands and face.

The child was taken to the Kid's House of Seminole, and was forensically interviewed and examined. Multiple injuries mentioned by the child were verified and documented, police said in the report.

Police said it should be noted that some of the injuries documented on the child appeared to be consistent with a left-handed person. Persaud's right hand and arms are paralyzed from a motorcycle accident about 5 years ago. Police said his left hand and arm were also affected but to a lesser degree.

Police went to Persaud and Prasnauth's home in Sanford, where police said they both denied any knowledge of the injuries at the time. They were both taken to the police department, where police said they continued to deny inflicting injuries on the child.

Persaud told police that the items that were allegedly used on his child, along with blue rope and duct tape, were in his house, but denied using them on his child.

The Sanford Police Department arrested Persaud and Prasnauth on charges of aggravated child abuse.

Both parents are currently being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

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