According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, an Eagan man beat his son repeatedly with a belt across several parts of his body before the son ran away in the middle of the night after the son was found chatting online with a female friend in a way which his father found unacceptable.
From the complaint:
Duane Robbins, hereinafter defendant, told police he had taken his belt to his thirteen year old son after learning the child had been expressing his love and talking in a sexual manner via email to a fellow classmate. He explained he had folded the belt over into a strap and struck the child at least a dozen times around the chest and arms. He said he did this because he had reached his breaking point. He said, “I put some marks on him because I was hitting him with a belt.”
Police eventually made contact with the thirteen year old child. The child admitted that after he was punished by defendant, he left in the middle of the night. He said he had been punished because he had been online the previous evening talking to a female friend. He indicated that defendant punished him the previous evening by whipping him with a belt. He said he was struck multiple times on both arms, his legs, and his chest. The child sustained several marks on his arm and chest reportedly as a result of being struck by the belt.
Do you think this was the first time the father beat the son with this belt or was this simply the first time the child ran away prompting police involvement? The complaint doesn’t say but where would the kid go in the middle of the night when it was in the 40s and raining? What would you do to your 13 year old had you found them having an inappropriate discussion with another teen online? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.