Trick-or-treating for Halloween candy is supposed to be a joyous event for children, but for one Wisconsin girl, this year’s festivities proved to be anything but that. AJC reports that a Racine, Wisconsin, man is accused of beating his daughter on Sunday, and his alleged reason why is totally bizarre.
The 33-year-old dad, who hasn’t been identified in media reports in order to protect the identity of the victim, allegedly used a clothes hanger to assault his daughter. At some point during the violent assault, the child was able to get free and flee to her grandmother’s house. She alleges that her father beat her because she did not get enough Halloween candy while trick-or-treating.
WISN reports that this isn’t the first time the child in question — along with her sister — had been abused by her father. When officers were called on the Wisconsin dad, they noted that the child victim had bruising and other marks associated with previous incidents. Furthermore, the child and her sister told authorities that her dad had beaten her with the cord to a phone charger on her thighs and hands just days prior to Sunday’s incident.
When the girl’s father was arrested, authorities also allegedly found 3.5 grams of cocaine in his possession, which doesn’t bode well for him since he was just released from federal prison approximately a year ago. He’s now been slapped with charges associated with drug possession as well as child abuse. If he’s convicted of these crimes, he could end up spending as many as 15 years in prison. The grandmother of the two girls has told authorities that the man had been beating his daughters since not long after his release from prison. While it’s unfortunate that the children have had to endure this, it’s fortunate they have been removed from the allegedly abusive situation.
Children are frequently at risk for other dangers during the Halloween season. Between fears of kidnapping and tainted or tampered candy, the last thing a child should worry about is whether or not they will get beaten for not gathering enough candy. It seems that this year’s holiday has been surrounded by a host of bad news. In at least two states, pills have been found in the trick-or-treat sacks of innocent children. There have also been reports of razor blades and sewing needles being stuffed into the children’s candy as well. Meanwhile, the Inquisitr has reported on some of the dangers children may face on this beloved, traditional holiday.
Speaking of those dangers, a Wisconsin haunted house employee was recently arrested because it was revealed that he is a registered sex offender. WNCN News reports that Andy Hawthorne had previously been convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child back in 2002. This conviction prohibits him from being within a certain proximity of any child. Nonetheless, he allegedly sought employment with a haunted house, which put him in the company of dozens of children.
Halloween aside, this isn’t the only recent case of child abuse out of the state of Wisconsin. The Union Leader reports that 30-year-old Miranda R. Baillargeon has been sentenced to a year in jail after she reportedly threw her 6-month-old baby out of anger back in April. The incident left the child with a skull fracture, which led to the charge (and conviction) of first-degree assault (a felony since it involved a young baby).
In this latest case of alleged child abuse, it’s possible that the Wisconsin father’s presumed cocaine use could have fueled his violent temper. That means this arrest could prove to be an opportunity to get him clean of the illicit drug. Meanwhile, the children are safe and out of harm’s way, albeit with an obviously sour memory of Halloween.
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