By SHAUNA ANDERSON
Warning: This post deals with child abuse and contains images and descriptions that may be distressing for some readers.
It seems in some states of the USA it’s ok to beat a four-year old child till he is scarred.
To whip a harmless four-year old boy leaving him with open cuts on his legs, bruises on his back, bleeding cuts to his scrotum.
Defensive wounds to his hands.
To stuff his mouth full of leaves, craft yourself a weapon and strike your son.
To use as a defence for the injuries the fact that the abuse was done out of love.
That “Daddy has a big heart“ but that his kids aren’t permitted to “play no games when it comes to acting right.”
Daddy has to be kidding himself right?
And to make matters worse this highly paid sports star who inflicted the violence is still playing football, still being paid and actually being defended in some quarters as just performing his parental right.
The abuser – I can use that term because he has admitted to hitting his son- is a high profile American football player, Adrian Peterson who plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
The victim – his four-year old son who told police “Daddy hit me on the face.”
Peterson was indicted on a child abuse charge on Friday in his home state of Texas. As the 29-year old sports star turned himself in to police details emerged of the beating.
According to CBS Houston, Peterson told police the ‘whooping’ took place in May when his four-year old son son was on a visit to his Texas home.
Peterson is the father to seven different children – from various different women.
His four-year old son had pushed another one of Peterson’s children off a video game. Peterson punished the boy for his actions.
He said he broke off a tree branch which he called a “switch”, stripped the branch of its leaves and then repeatedly beat the boy.
The text messages
Peterson then sent a text message to the mother of his son saying that one wound in particular would make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch,” he wrote according to CBS.