A Florida electrician has been charged with domestic violence after a video went viral showing him beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in the backseat of their car.
Orlando police said that Orlando City SC player Kevin Molino was charged with felony child abuse.
In a statement, the department said Molino told investigators he was driving to work in a car that was being driven by his girlfriend when he noticed the boy “playing around” and “pushing and pulling” on the back seat.
“While driving to a work meeting at work, the defendant observed that the child was playing around in the car, and he drove to the area to investigate,” the statement read.
“As he drove toward the area, he noticed that the boy was pushing and pulling on the front seat of the vehicle.
He also observed that he could see the child being pushed, pulled, and thrown around the car.”
The boy was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
Molino, who has two children under the age of 3, has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
The club released a statement Thursday saying: “We are saddened by the unfortunate events that transpired at the hands of Kevin Molinor.
We are deeply committed to ensuring that all members of our team have the utmost respect for each other and the game of soccer.
We have suspended Kevin and have reached out to the police to ensure his immediate safety.”
Molino is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Molinore is scheduled for a court hearing on Tuesday.
The charges stem from a February incident in which Molino and his girlfriend, who is now his wife, were arrested for an alleged drunken-driving offense.
In the video, Molino can be seen grabbing the boy by the shirt collar and slamming him into the passenger seat of their vehicle.
In court, the prosecutor told the judge that Molinio “pushed and pulled” the boy to the back of the car.
Molini was later charged with DUI.