Striking boy with leather belt leads to injury to child charge

Michael Schoonover // Harlingen Police Department

A step-father is behind bars after being accused of striking a 12-year-old with a leather belt.

The incident happened on Wednesday, June 18 around 7:18 at a Harlingen home.

Authorities were called by a woman in reference to an assault.

Police said that the woman claimed Michael Schoonover assaulted the 12-year-old.

A police report was made indicating the assault caused pain and injury.

Schoonover was arrested and transported to the city jail on a charge of injury to a child.

Injury to a child is a 3rd degree felony.

The 37-year-old TMs bond was set at $20,000 for the charge.