Two people have been arrested on Saturday night by West Virginia State Police after a heinous act against their teenage child. The child was whipped with a belt 29 times. Multiple bruises and welts were evident on the victim’s legs.
The father, Freddie Gray Jr. and the Step-mother, Jamie Gray, beat their 17-year old child and recorded it with a cell phone. The father has been charged with child abuse, serious bodily injury, conspiracy, domestic battery and domestic assault.
The step-mother, who videotaped the incident is being charged with neglect, creating risk of injury, conspiracy, domestic battery and assault.
The troopers were dispatched after a report of a domestic disturbance and found Freddy and Jamie arguing over the teenager, who was trying to leave the house.
When the victim was asked why they were trying to leave, they told the police that the father had assaulted them on Thursday with a belt and that Jamie recorded it on her cell phone.
The father admitted after arrest that the punishment may have been excessive and that he should not have taken it too far. A little too late to feel regret, buddy. Maybe you should have thought about what you were doing while you were whipping your child into oblivion and laughing about it on tape and maybe you would have less to regret after the fact.
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. Both Freddie and Jamie are being held in Western Regional Jail.