TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state authorities have accused a man of beating and waterboarding his 7-year-old daughter.
The News Tribune reports the 27-year-old man was charged with second- and third-degree child assault in Pierce County Superior Court on Monday.
Charging documents say the man’s girlfriend told Lakewood police Sunday that he hit the child about 13 times with a belt to discipline her for lying and talking back.
Police say he then dragged the screaming child to the bathroom and held a wet cloth to her mouth.
According to the documents, he used a water bottle to pour water onto her face, causing the child to gag, cry and gasp for air.
The woman fled with the child to a convenience store and called police.
The newspaper did not name the man.