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Holding girl in bathtub: 9-year-old girl finds justice, 4 family members charged

Photo of a small bathtub
Photo of a small bathtub
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A holding girl in bathtub crime has resulted in the victim, a 9-year-old girl from Bryan, Texas, getting justice this week after the 4 family members who were present for her wrongful “baptism” as a punishment will be facing serious charges. The relatives of the child, who has remained anonymous due to her young age, are having criminal files set against them after they were said to be holding the child down in a bathtub full of water as a penalty for acting out while at school. CHRON News reveals the details in their report this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

In a total of 4 arrests made this weekend, the young girl’s father, mother, grandmother, and her relatives’ companion were brought into police custody on the charge of abandoning or endangering a child. Local authorities in Bryan, Texas, noted that the girl came to investigators sometime in December, saying that it was her grandmother who said the child must get into a bathtub that was full of cold water after getting into trouble at school that week. She claimed to have no idea what was going to happen to her next.

According to the press release on the holding girl in bathtub incident, police authorities called the illicit dunking not “unlike a baptism.” The girl was said to be held roughly by her parents and then asked a series of questions about the incident. Depending on how she answered and as “punishment” for her misbehavior in the classroom, the child said that she was then plunged in the bathwater and held down there for several seconds at a time by the father, grandmother, and grandmother’s friend. The mother’s involvement at this time has not been made immediately clear.

The girl who was held underwater in the bathtub has been removed from the home while the investigation and pending charges resolve. The report adds that the girl was able to secure justice and safety for herself by going to the police after the wrongful punishment, not unlike water torture, was used against her at home.

The act of abandoning or endangering a child is considered a felony, and the 4 family members accused of this charge — if found guilty — face significant fines and a possible two years behind bars.