VENICE — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Venice man with child abuse after he allegedly choked and battered an 11-year-old boy.The victim’s mother called the Sheriff’s Office Wednesday to report that Edward H. Prall, 35, assaulted her son several times after school Tuesday, a Sarasota County sheriff’s report shows. When she arrived home from work Tuesday night, the boy told her about the attack, saying Prall choked him, banged his head on the dining room table, pushed the table into his chest while he was sitting in a chair against the wall, and punched him in the stomach. The woman said she confronted Prall, who said the boy wasn’t listening and he grabbed him. When the boy’s mother said she was going to call the Sheriff’s Office, Prall threatened to hurt everyone in the house, the report shows. Fearing for the safety of her children, she didn’t report the alleged abuse until she arrived at work Wednesday morning. The school resource officer at Laurel Nokomis School, where the victim attends, was notified and observed injuries around the child’s neck and chest. The 11-year-old also complained about his ribs being sore. The boy’s mother took him to a local emergency room for evaluation and treatment. Prall was taken into custody at his home and admitted he lost control, the report shows. He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail Wednesday afternoon, where he is being held without bond. The state Department of Children and Families was also notified, the report shows.
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