Pastor, son charged with assaulting boy

Authorities say the pastor of a Minneapolis church and his teenage son are accused of beating a 12-year-old boy because he was misbehaving in school and had rejected his faith.

Pastor Dong Wook Kim and 19-year-old Joo Seong Kim are charged with second- and third-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. Prosecutors say they beat the boy with a piece of lumber, a wooden rod and an electrical cord last week.

A criminal complaint says the boy was found wandering the streets after fleeing from the Good News Church. A neighbor took the boy in and called police. The complaint says he was treated at a hospital.

The Star Tribune says Kim told police the beatings were simple discipline done at the request of the boy’s parents.