Buckeye father allegedly assaults son over grades

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A Buckeye father has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his 14-year-old son over grades.

Cesar Covarrubias was arrested Sunday. According to the police report, Covarrubias told police he was discussing his son's grades and how he should be punished.

His son reportedly said something that upset his father, and police say Covarrubias pushed the teen to the floor.

The victim and his siblings told police Covarrubias grabbed him by the throat using both hands. The teen said he couldn't recall whether his airway was cut off. He added he didn't think he lost consciousness. 

The officer says he observed fresh bruises and marks on the left side of the teen's neck, according to the police report.

The teen said he tried to punch his dad in self-defense. The fight moved upstairs, where the teen said he was thrown onto a bed. The teen also told police his father punched him with a closed fist on his back. The victim said that once they heard police arriving, the attack stopped.

According to court paperwork, the teen said fights like this one have occurred in the past, but have been escalating.

Covarrubias was booked into jail on charges of child abuse, aggravated assault of a minor and disorderly conduct.