Juan Arreola Admits Beating Child Because “He Was not a Morning Person”


We have heard every excuse in the world when it has come to adults abusing children. We have also heard numerous excuses from judges when it comes time to sentencing criminals who abuse children like they are “too short” to withstand prison. Now comes the ultimate insult … the justification to abusing a child was that they were not a morning person. What excuse is next, allergies to children?

A man who admitted he beat his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son offered an excuse that angered a judge: He said he’s not a morning person.

Juan Arreola, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and simple assault. Prosecutors said while moving into a new apartment with his girlfriend on June 7, Arreola kicked her son out of the way, then squeezed the toddler’s face.

While looking after the boy three days later, he punched the boy twice, prosecutors said. Arreola’s girlfriend brought the child to a hospital later that day, where he was diagnosed with bleeding around the brain. Photos show the boy with severe bruising on his face and back.

Posted October 21, 2007 by
Bizarre, Child Welfare, Crime, WTF | 14 comments

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    14 Responses to “Juan Arreola Admits Beating Child Because “He Was not a Morning Person””

    1. Richard on October 21st, 2007 3:33 pm

      My suspicion is that this is yet another case where the girlfriend hoped against hope that she could “reform” this guy. I would bet that he exhibited clear signs, before these horrible incidents, of this kind of behavior pattern.

      I’m not making excuses for her, just saying that she probably went against her better judgement.
      Maybe I’m giving her too much credit, as she could well have been as indifferent as the guy.

      Adios, scumbag. Enjoy your time in prison.

    2. LilPuma on October 21st, 2007 4:56 pm

      Richard, that seems to be a frequent problem and women need to get a clue long before they find themselves trapped in an abusive, dangerous situation. I’ll never understand those who can harm a child, an elderly person, homeless person or animal. Sometimes it seems to be an anger management problem, other times there’s a sick pleasure that’s involved. I don’t get it but it makes me want to hurt them the same way. Eye for an eye.

    3. dennisintn on October 21st, 2007 8:39 pm

      this excuse is as lame as the child rapist claimed in court that his 3 yr. old victim “came onto him”. richard, i think you are giving the mother too much credit. she should have been charged with abetting or something.

    4. Muffy on October 21st, 2007 8:46 pm

      LilPuma I don’t think it’s an anger management problem in this case, nor do I think he was doing it for pleasure. I think it’s simply a total disregard for a small child’s life. He says he isn’t a morning person which is an excuse for his treacherous behavior and means the child is insignifcant-an annoyance. He finds the boy an irritant that can be flicked away like a piece of lint on his sleeve and not think anything of it. No conscience, because he repeated harming the boy again. Everyone has something they fear. Find out what this guys biggest fear is and let him experience it. And repeat it. Can you imagine the fear and pain this boy must have experienced to have been harmed and then been harmed again?

    5. Patti on October 21st, 2007 9:48 pm


      I agree with you. This guy was nothing more than a selfish, arrogant egotist. “I’m not a morning person” is a lame excuse to hurt anyone, especially a two year old baby. And to hit him so hard that his brain bleeds?!?!? This man should be considered a threat to society and remain behind bars for the rest of his life.



      For someone’s brain to bleed, is not a minor injury. The fact that this child had blood around his brain would cause him to go into convulsions. One has to wonder if that was not the reason for his mother taking the child to the hospital in the first place.

      Perhaps, without the convulsions, the child would have continued being the victim of this abusive man, and, what I perceive as, a submissive mother.

      I think I can speak for most women at this site when I say that if a man kicked one of our two year olds out of the way on Day 1, he’d find himself kicked right out of our lives and into next week!



      Love your children.

      Cherish them.


      just like that,

      they can be gone.

      I pray that the child recovers with no lasting effects as a result of his injuries.

    6. Patti on October 21st, 2007 10:05 pm


      Blood around the brain is also a sign of shaken baby syndrome which also causes convulsions, comatose and varying degrees of brain damage. Like I said, this man needs to be kept out of the general population because no doubt, he will strike again.

      You’ve seen a picture of my two year old grandson. So you know why I am so touched by this story. It’s so hard to imagine how anyone could hurt such a tiny, innocent person who is so easy to please and finds joy in the simplest things.


    7. Patti on October 21st, 2007 10:49 pm

      One more comment and I’ll leave it alone…

      Quote from Article Referenced Above:

      When Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden asked Arreola Friday if that’s how he regularly treated 2-year-olds, he replied: “I was working till midnight. I’m not a morning person.”

      McFadden said she was almost speechless.

      “You’re going to look at me straight in the face and say ‘I’m not a morning person,’?” she asked.

      The judge ordered Arreola to undergo psychological and psychiatric evaluations and set sentencing for Dec. 14. The maximum penalty is a state prison term of more than 20 years

      I hope we don’t have a soft judge. It seems odd to me that she would consider sending Arreola to psychological and psychiatric evaluation. Being a sleepy-head bully hardly meets any standards of insanity that could be used to reduce the sentence. If he had of done this to a grown man, would there even be a question of his state of mind?

      In my opinion, Arreola needs to be sentenced to the maximum penalty of 20 years unless he has any priors which could possibly increase the maximum, WHILE the mother of the child should be the one being ordered to have her head examined.

      As we all know, and, Richard reminds us of this periodically, there are women out there that psychologically are attracted to these abusive types. It’s a disorder that is easily corrected through counseling. As a judge I would want to address that issue for the sake of the child.

      As always, I hope the interest of the child is not lost amongst the legal ramblings and maneuvering, as is the case with most child-abuse cases. And, again, I pray for the baby’s safe and happy recovery.


      Klaas: I think this is one case that we may want
      to revisit in December.

    8. nurturer on October 22nd, 2007 12:47 am

      20 is a good number.

    9. LilPuma on October 22nd, 2007 4:31 am

      I thought of this song while reading the comments here. Although written about Daughters, it’s also true for our sons too.
      By John Mayer:

      I know a girl
      She puts the color inside of my world
      She’s just like a maze
      Where all of the walls all continually change
      And I’ve done all I can
      To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
      Now I’m starting to see
      Maybe it’s got nothing to do with me

      Fathers be good to your daughters
      Daughters will love like you do
      Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
      So mothers be good to your daughters too

      Oh, you see that skin?
      It’s the same she’s been standing in
      Since the day she saw him walking away
      Now she’s left
      Cleaning up the mess he made

      Fathers be good to your daughters
      Daughters will love like you do
      Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
      So mothers be good to your daughters too

      Boys, you can break
      You’ll find out how much they can take
      Boys will be strong
      And boys soldier on
      But boys would be gone without warmth from
      A woman’s good, good heart

      On behalf of every man
      Looking out for every girl
      You are the god and the weight of her world

      So fathers be good to your daughters
      Daughters will love like you do
      Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
      So mothers be good to your daughters, too
      So mothers be good to your daughters, too
      So mothers be good to your daughters, too

    10. Richard on October 22nd, 2007 12:56 pm

      Don’t get me wrong, anyone … I’m not trying to palliate or justify what might have been going on in this lady’s head (and heart, maybe).

      I’m just saying that she might have been “torn” between varying impulses. There’s no question about what was right for her to do (assuming that she knew about it, and it’s hard to think otherwise). My point is that she might have had ideas that OBJECTIVELY would be wrong, but within her own head might seem possible.

      Don’t know if my attempt to explain makes much sense.

    11. Patti on October 23rd, 2007 12:43 am

      Oh Richard…

      You always make sense. You just have such a nice way of saying it.

      How could anyone be so humble yet not be a worshiper of God. Are you really an athiest? Or do you have a super image of God that noone has, actually, put into words?


      Lil Puma:

      I love your post and the emotion that went into it… see, I told you, the people here…we got HEART. More of what the world needs.

      We love you,


    12. Max Quadd on October 24th, 2007 10:46 am

      Maybe I could provide you with a hypothetical situation and see if that changes your view on this case…

      The mom tries to hide the perp’s identity from Cops and CPS when they respond to investigate it the night it happens and becomes hostile in the process.

      The mom chooses to remain in the parking lot of the hospital with the perp rather than go inside to be with her child and becomes hostile with hosp. staff when they refuse entry to the perp.

      The perp finally admits his role in this child’s injuries and says he’s been giving the kid ‘shots’ for months but this time he ‘went too far’ and the kid’s mom knows about it…

      The mom is presented with the nature of the injuries and seems concerned only with the perp.
      The mom denies knowledge of the perp’s actions and denies her own involvement despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary

      The mom shows up at the perp’s hearing and sits arm in arm with his family while he’s describing what he did to her child.

      The mom has only known the perp long enough to move him in and doesn’t really have a history long enough to form what anyone would consider a bond.

      Does this change how you guys feel?…hypothetically?

      Does this change the situation any

    13. Patti on October 24th, 2007 4:07 pm


      That’s what we’re talking about. Women who go out of their way to rescue a man that would abuse her own child. Rather than protect the innocent.

      Throw her in jail, too. Get her the counseling and parental skills that she obviously needs before putting the responsibility of this child’s life back into her hands.

      Thanks, Max!

    14. jo momma on February 10th, 2011 11:06 pm

      I know the person that did this he was not a bad person he was at work all night and his girl friend dumped her kid off on him so she could go out running

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