In case you thought this sort of abuse only occurred in Black or Hispanic households, think again.
A video showing a White couple taking turns beating their disabled 16-year-old daughter into submission has gone viral online.
In the cell phone video that was taken in 2004, Judge William Adams, of Rockport, Texas, repeatedly strikes Hillary Williams with a belt for playing a video game online without permission.
The grainy video was filmed secretly by Hillary, who recently uploaded the video to YouTube after years of abuse at the hands of her father. Hillary was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy as a young girl. In a TV interview, Hillary said she hid the camera under a scarf on a dresser before the beatings took place.
Using profanity, Judge Williams orders Hillary to lay on her back on the bed. When she fails to comply, he whacks her several times with the belt. Williams is then joined by Hillary’s mother, Hallie, who brings her own belt.
Both parents yell at the girl and then take turns whipping her. “I’m gonna spank you on the butt,” announces Hillary’s mom. “You turn over like a 16-year-old and take it — like a grown woman!,” she yells.
Hillary Adams, now 23, said she had forgiven her mother and did not regret making the video public. It has now been viewed more than 2 million times.
Judge Williams told reporters he had done “nothing wrong”. He will not face child abuse charges… for obvious reasons.