West Virginia State Police say they’ve arrested two people after they allegedly beat a 17-year-old juvenile and and recorded it on a cell phone.
The parents were arrested Saturday night.
The dad, Freddie Gray, Jr., is charged with child abuse serious bodily injury, conspiracy, domestic battery and domestic assault.
The stepmom, Jamie Gray, is charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, conspiracy, domestic battery and domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint, troopers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance on Smith Drive near Huntington.
When WVSP arrived, Freddie and Jamie were arguing over the juvenile, who was trying to leave the residence. When troopers asked why the victim wanted to leave, the juvenile stated Freddie had beaten the victim with a belt on Thursday and Jamie recorded it on her cell phone.
Troopers say Freddie beat the juvenile with a belt 29 times.
Officers observed multiple whelps and bruises on the victim’s legs.
The criminal complaint states during an interview, Freddie admitted the punishment was excessive and he shouldn’t have taken it that far.