Viral videos have consequences. Ohio authorities have indicted the father that disciplined his daughters with a cable cord and posted the video to Facebook. Greg Horn, 35, has been charged with child endangerment and corporal punishment.
Police allege the incident occurred in Horn’s Dayton, Ohio home while his daughters, ages 12 and 14 were visiting. Their mother called the police after noticing their injuries, which included visible welts on both legs and open-wounds in the thigh area according to the police report.
Though the viral 30-second clip claims the daughters were punished for twerking, the teenagers told police they were disciplined for sneaking out of the house.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and authorities are urging people to report incidents of abuse to authorities. “The goal is to always keep kids safe,” Kevin Lavoie, an employee with Montgomery County Children Services told Ohio’s ABC 22. “We don’t want people to have any reservations about calling and letting us know about a circumstance or a concern.”
Reporting abuse doesn’t require personal information or concrete knowledge of the abuse. Authorities will be dispatched to investigate all claims.
“It may be nothing. But rather than analyze it, let our specialists figure it out and the best course of action,” Lavoie explained.
There was enough evidence to prosecute Horn, but that isn’t always the case. Some children suffer in silence.
Horn’s daughters will have to contend with the emotional scars of his beating forever. He is scheduled for an April 16 arraignment hearing.