TAMPA — A man previously accused of torturing his daughter faced new charges Wednesday after his son told investigators that his father punished him by shoving his head into a bucket of water and burning his hand with a hot frying pan.
Moslim Al-Assadi, 35, of 8901 N Boulevard was first arrested April 2 after detectives came to Oak Grove Elementary School to talk to his 10-year-old daughter.
The girl told Tampa police that in July 2008, Al-Assadi dunked her head into a tub of water until she could not breathe to punish her for finding his pornography. Police took the children from the Iraq native and single father, charging him with one count of aggravated child abuse.
As the investigation continued, Al-Assadi's son told detectives that his father made him go outside and fill a bucket with water, then tied his hands behind his back, turned him upside down and dipped his head into the bucket of water as a punishment. According to an arrest report, the grade school-age boy also said that his father once burned the bottom of his hand with a hot frying pan after he improperly prepared a meal.
Authorities have responded to six calls about alleged mistreatment since the family moved to Tampa in 2006. The children's mother, Arlene Heintzelman, 34, stayed in Pennsylvania when Al-Assadi moved, according to Hills*borough court documents. In 2003, two of the couple's three children fell from a two-story window while under her watch, according to Northumberland County court documents.
Police rearrested Al-Assadi on Wednesday and charged him with two more counts of aggravated child abuse. He was being held at the Orient Road Jail without bail.