A child abuse accusation has been launched after 16-year-old Collin Gosselin accused his father Jon of physical abuse.
PEOPLE has confirmed that the County of Berks, Pennsylvania Child & Youth Services has notified Collin’s mom, Kate Gosselin, of an open investigation into the incident, which allegedly took place earlier this month. According to the CYS report, the allegation is of “causing bodily injury to a child through recent act/failure to act: hitting/punching.”
The report does not explicitly name Jon as the perpetrator, but the allegation is consistent with Collin’s accusation last week on Instagram that his father “beat” him.
Kate spoke with PEOPLE to give her insight on the situation. “You do not punch and kick your children. You do not kick a child. I don’t want to hear any excuses from anyone, not from his father, not from local law enforcement, not from court personnel whose job is supposedly to ensure the best interests of my children,” Kate tells PEOPLE. “There is a child abuse law, PA 23, section 8i states that doing any of the following, regardless of whether it causes injury, is child abuse, and first on that list is kicking. Period.”
Collin took to Instagram last week to accuse his father of physically abusing him. “My dad is a liar,” he wrote in the since-deleted post. “Yesterday he beat me up and thought nothing of it, he punched me in the face and gave me a swollen nose and I started bleeding. He then continued to kick me in the ribs after I was on the floor. He is a liar.”
A source shared with PEOPLE that the incident occurred after Collin became angry while talking to his father in the car. “Collin got furious and was screaming and swearing. When they got home, he was still screaming and cursing and he went into the garage and got … a big heavy bottle of liquid — and hurled it at Jon’s car, denting it,” the source claims. “Jon got out of the car enraged, put him in a headlock, punched him square in the nose, and when Collin fell to the ground, then he kicked him in the ribs.”
CYS is currently investigating the situation further.