- Wesley McCollum is accused of beating his girlfriend’s son Ayrian on Saturday
- Ayrian’s mother Bridgette Payne shared photographs of his injuries on Facebook
- In a post which has been shared 7,000 times, she told how she returned home to find her son lying injured in bed
- Photographs revealed cuts and bruises on the boy’s face and back
- McCollum, 22, said he punished the boy for opening a wrapped Christmas gift
- He was arrested on charges of child neglect and child abuse and is in county jail
An Oklahoma man beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son with a belt to ‘teach him a lesson’ because he opened one of his Christmas gifts early, it has been alleged.
Wesley McCollum, 22, was arrested on Saturday night in Okmulgee after his girlfriend Bridgette Payne called police.
She claims she returned home from running errands to find her five-year-old son Ayrian lying in his bed covered in cuts and bruises.
Payne said McCollum told her he had sent the child to bed as punishment for opening the wrapped present.
Bridgette Payne shared these photographs of her son Ayrian’s injuries in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday where she told how her boyfriend beat the boy for opening his Christmas gift early
When she asked the boy how he had been hurt, she says he told her: ‘Wesley hurt me bad mama’.
Payne shared photographs of her son’s injuries on Facebook on Monday.
She said she was shocked by McCollum’s alleged violent outburst and that he had never hit Ayrian or her other son in the 10 months that they had been together.
The couple live together with two other young boys who they care for.
McCollum remains in county jail on child abuse and child neglect charges.
In her Facebook post, Payne described how she had been out all day when she returned home to find Ayrian in bed and the other children in the home still up.
‘Wesley said that Ayrian got into trouble because he stole a present from under the tree and opened it.
‘He said it happened right before I got home and his punishment was to stand in the corner and then sent him to bed.
Wesley McCollum, 22, was arrested on child abuse and child neglect charges and remains in county jail in Okmulgee
Ayrian’s mother Bridgette (above) said she left him and his siblings alone with McCollum while she ran errands on Saturday
When she returned home she said she found the five-year-old in his bed. When she asked him about his injuries, which included a cut on the head, he said: ‘Wesley hurt me bad mama’
Payne said her boyfriend told her Ayrian was sent to bed early as punishment for unwrapping the gift early. The child is pictured in his bed on Saturday after she found him
Ayrian also had bruises and cuts on his back. His mother said he was beaten with a belt and punched
‘Nothing seemed wrong until I got Ayrian up to eat… words cannot explain seeing your baby like this and having no clue what happened.
Payne and McCollum have been together for 10 months
‘I ran to him like any mother would do crying, hugging him, beggin what happened.
‘”Wesley hurt me bad mama,” is all he kept saying.’
‘I cannot sleep because I imagine my innocent child going thru (sic) this and I wasn’t there to protect him.
‘For a grown man to punch a child over and over and slap him and beat him with a belt ALL over is no man at all.
‘He is the lowest scum on earth,’ she said.
McCollum remains in Okmulgee County Jail on two charges; child neglect and child abuse.
It is not known when his next court appearance is.
Payne said she filed a request for a restraining order to stop him from coming close to her or her sons again.