A Rockport man is facing charges he hit his 4-year-old son with a shoe when the child refused to continue fighting with his 6-year-old brother.

Twenty-six-year-old Pedro Delgado was arrested last week after the boys' mother noticed bruising on the younger child's face following a weekend visit.

Knox County sheriff's Detective Justin Twitchell says Delgado had claimed the boy fell down the stairs. But the boys told police their father made them fight while he watched. They were told to use closed fists, kicks and knees to the body.

The Bangor Daily News says that when the boys refused to continue fighting Jan. 9, Delgado hit the younger boy in the face several times with a sandal.

Delgado could get five years in prison.