I was wondering how you would go about filing abuse charges on someone. To make a long story short I have a fmaily friend whos mothers boyfriend hit one of her children 9 times and harder each time because he would not listen or pick up his toys. I feel that hitting a child 9 times plus harder each time is not a form of spanking nor punishment it is abuse. The children have been taken and partly because of what this man chose to do, since the boy had big bruises and hand prints on his butt. The mother of the child noticed them when the children came home from a weekend a grammas. She filed a 51-a against him because she knew that they would try and blame her. She took pictures also of the bruises. This man has not only admitted this to me but several other people and in his twisted mind feels its no abuse and neither is handcuffing a child id necessary. I know that is abuse and i do not tolerate it. DSS is trying to make the mother take the blame for this even thoug the proof is on him. How would she go about bringing these pictures to the police and filing charges on him? She refuses to admit to this and feels as though he should be punished for what he did not only to her son but also because now the family is torn apart. Is it too late even if it was a year or more ago??