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Couple indicted for allegedly whipping boy with a belt

NASHUA – A Hudson man and Nashua woman arrested in May for allegedly whipping an 8-year-old boy with a belt and forcing him to kneel until his legs and knees were bruised have been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury on related charges.

Michael Rivera, 30, of 525 Abbott Farms Lane, Hudson, and Katlyn Marin, 25, of 14 Oak St., Nashua, were each indicted on one count of second-degree assault, Class B felonies, according to indictments released this week. ...

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NASHUA – A Hudson man and Nashua woman arrested in May for allegedly whipping an 8-year-old boy with a belt and forcing him to kneel until his legs and knees were bruised have been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury on related charges.

Michael Rivera, 30, of 525 Abbott Farms Lane, Hudson, and Katlyn Marin, 25, of 14 Oak St., Nashua, were each indicted on one count of second-degree assault, Class B felonies, according to indictments released this week.

Rivera also faces a second count of second-degree assault stemming from allegations he forced the boy to kneel “for 15 minutes to an hour, bruising his legs and knees,” according to the indictment.

The two were among a number of individuals for whom the grand jury handed down indictments in July. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a decision by the grand jury that there is enough evidence for prosecutors to bring the case to the Superior Court level.

The incidents took place between January 1 and April 2, documents state. The alleged beating for which Marin and Rivera were indicted took place a day after a judge granted custody of several children to Marin following an abuse and neglect hearing.

The two are also accused of assaulting a second child, who is not referenced in the current indictments.

At the time of the couple’s arrest in May, Nashua police said they began investigating Rivera and Marin about a month earlier, after receiving a report from DCYF about possible abuse of a boy younger than 10.

Nashua police detective Nicole Brooks wrote in an affidavit that she saw “significant bruises” on the boy’s arms and near his left ear, and that there were bruises on his stomach, chest, back and legs, according to court documents.

One of the boy’s siblings told police that Rivera and Marin hit the boy with belts almost daily. The boy himself said he was only punished by being sent to his room, according to court documents.

After they arrested the pair, police searched Marin’s home and took a pair of belts as evidence.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).