ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque police officer is accused of beating his 12-year-old stepson.
Officer Skyler McClaskey has served the Albuquerque community for nine years. Saturday, APD stripped the 31-year-old of his badge.
McClaskey and his wife, Jodi McClaskey, are accused of repeatedly slapping Jodi’s son.
“He met with the child and observed a few bruises on the child,” said New Mexico State Police Sergeant Chad Pierce.
State Police were called to Edgewood Middle School Friday afternoon to help with a Children, Youth and Families Department welfare check.
The boy told police his stepdad, Skyler McClaskey, slapped him after he pinched his younger sister.
Police say McClaskey flipped the boy onto his stomach, placed his knee on the 12-year-old’s back and struck him again and again.
According to a criminal complaint, the middle schooler tried to escape McClaskey, but he tripped over a dog. Police say the cop held the boy down again and continued to hit him for several minutes.
Jodi McClaskey is accused of then grabbing him by his hair and attempting to slap him.
“It’s terrible that these things take place and happen and definitely we hate to hear that it possibly involves someone in our law enforcement community,” said Pierce.
McClaskey also had a bench warrant. It’s tied to 2012 case out of Santa Fe County where he allegedly wrote a bad check.
Saturday, APD released the following statement: “The department has no tolerance for these types of allegations.”
State Police say McClaskey won’t get any special treatment.
“We are going to investigate it to the fullest no matter who it is, what their employment is, what their status in society is,” said Pierce.
McClaskey is now on paid leave, but an APD spokesperson says he will likely be fired once he’s indicted.
The kids are in CYFD custody.
APD says because nobody in the department knew about the bench warrant, it now plans on checking employees’ driver’s licenses each month just in case.