Two teenage boys were whipped and beaten with a leather belt and a tree branch, causing lacerations and bruising, for which a Marietta man is now in custody, police say.

Melcar Alexander Rivas-Benites, 33, was arrested on two felony charges of cruelty to children in the first degree by Marietta police around 3 p.m. on Oct. 9, his jail record shows.

Rivas-Benites, whose name is also spelled by authorities as Melcer Alexander Rivas, is accused of whipping and beating a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy with a “small tree branch” and a leather belt respectively, at his home on Blanch Drive in Marietta.

“Said accused caused numerous lacerations to the 14-year-old juvenile,” his arrest warrant states, in reference to the teen being whipped on the back with a leather belt between April 1-8.

The 13-year-old boy was struck with a small tree branch on the left shoulder and arm, causing bruising, between Oct. 2-9, police said.

Rivas-Benites, who was born in El Salvador, is in custody at the Cobb County jail on a $20,000 bond, records show.

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