A Cape Coral foster father of seven was arrested for child abuse last Friday.
Randell Stevens, 44, was charged with cruelty toward a child.
According to his warrant, the abuse happened sometime between Feb. 1 and Feb. 6, 2019.
On Feb. 11, a teacher at Skyline Elementary told the School Resource Officer that a 9-year-old boy at the school had a large bruise on his right thigh.
The boy, a foster child of Randell and his wife Delis, said his dad had hit him six times with a belt. The boy didn't go to school on Feb. 7 or Feb. 8.
He also said he was beaten in his bedroom for bringing home a pair of scissors from school, according to the warrant.
He told his teacher that his dad also hits his brothers with a belt and said: "sometimes everyone gets spankings."
The SRO eventually called the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The 9-year-old told DCF that sometimes he and his siblings didn't get to eat if they got in trouble.
When police and DCF visited the home and smelled animal urine. The kids' bedrooms also didn't have electricity, their ceiling fans were broken and there were several holes in walls and doors.
Kids told investigators they had to have cold showers if they wet the bed, and the boys were sometimes locked in cages by Delis and Randall Stevens.
The kids were also sometimes locked in their room in groups for up to 24 hours until they defecated on the floor and had to scoop it up with their hands and toss it out the window to not get in trouble.
Delis Stevens would tell the boys that it was okay for them to be hit because the Bible said that's what they're supposed to do. She also threatened to cut off the boys private parts if they misbehaved, and she would scream in their ears and bite them when they misbehaved.
All of the kids were taken away and put with other foster families.