A father in Douglas, GA has been charged with child cruelty for making his sixteen year old son carry a 23 pound rock. The story is sounds like it was written by the Onion, but sadly this really happened.
The local police and media sound like they would rather the kid be at a rap concert or the beach shooting at rival gangbangers.
Police arrested a father on child cruelty charges after the man punished his 16-year-old son by making him carry a 23-pound landscape stone for several miles.Charlie Mayes, a 40-year-old military veteran with no criminal record, told police he used military-style punishment because his son watched too many videos and didn’t do his chores and school work. Douglasville Police charged Mayes on Tuesday with first-degree child cruelty.“This was done multiple times over a three-day period, sometimes as early as 3 o’clock in the morning,” Police Sgt. Todd Garner said.Garner said the boy, who is only 4’2″ tall, was also punished in-between the 3-mile hikes.“In between that time, he was at home having to move rocks and stuff from one side of the back yard to the other and then being taken right back out to the same location and dropped off and made to walk back again,” Garner said.A pizza delivery driver alerted police to the teen’s punishment walks, one of which was captured in the background of a police dash cam video during an unrelated traffic stop.Police have yet to make the video available, but say the father freely admitted what happened.“He did not feel that this was inappropriate at all and neither did his wife,” Garner said.