Father pleads guilty to whipping sons with electrical cord

A Redwood City father accused of whipping his two young sons with an electrical cord entered a plea bargain during his pre-trial conference Tuesday and will now face sentencing in January, according to a deputy district attorney.

Lavadis Henderson, 35, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of infliction of corporeal punishment on a child resulting in a traumatic condition, Deputy District Attorney Sarah Boxer said. Henderson will face up to 12 years and eight months in jail for charges he struck his 9- and 11-year-old sons on the buttocks with a vacuum cleaner extension cord.

The boys' injuries were reported to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office by Menlo Park's Garfield Charter School officials, who were investigating graffiti vandalism at the school that was allegedly done by one of the boys, according to Boxer. The sheriff's office then notified Child Protective Services and Henderson was arrested.

The injuries were reportedly inflicted between January and May of this year, according to Boxer.

Henderson, who has four prior criminal convictions – two for rape, one for sodomy on a child under age 14 and another for lewd acts on a child under age 14, according to Boxer – had been ordered by a Sacramento County court to have no contact with the boys and their mother, but they were found to have been living with him in his Redwood City apartment.

Henderson remains in custody on $600,000 bail. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25.

— Bay City News

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