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KY father arrested for forcing kids to do push ups, soap in mouth, punch in chest

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January 31, 2019

A Kentucky father was arrested on Monday and charged with criminal abuse after he inflicted punishments on his children that were deemed extreme and borderline torturous.

James Kidwell of Louisville is accused of “forcing his 11-year-old and 13-year-old to do push-ups for 30 minutes straight, eat soap, and lean into a wall using their foreheads for 30 minutes when they disobeyed his rules,” WDRB News reported.

Mount Vernon Police reported that Kidwell’s punishment resulted in one of the children having rug burns across the chest from the push-ups and the other had sores in his mouth from eating the soap.

Kidwell also allegedly punched one of the children in the chest, causing bruising to the area.

He remains in jail with a $10,000 bond.

Kidwell isn’t the only parent to face backlash over an extreme form of punishment.

A North Carolina mom is accused of extreme punishment after refusing to let her two teens in the house for four hours after they left without informing her, according to WCNC News.

The incident took place on Sunday, Jan. 20 around 8:30 p.m. in freezing temperatures.

The Louisville mom denies the allegations, but it seems that these forms of extreme punishments are quite common.

An Illinois couple were arrested and face up to 60 years in prison when their extreme punishment resulted in the death of their 6-year-old son, Fox 2 News reported earlier this month.

The couple, Michael L. Roberts and Georgena L. Roberts of Jerseyville, pleaded guilty in November to starving the young boy, who only weighed 17 pounds when he died.

The couple refused to feed the child as punishment, and he died from extreme malnourishment.

In December, an Ohio father received plenty of support for what is considered an extreme punishment by some and a valuable lesson by others, according to Fox 13 News.

Matt Cox of Swanton decided to make his 10-year-old daughter walk five miles to school after she was kicked off her school bus for the second time over bullying.

The temperature was around 36 degrees, however, Cox didn’t make his daughter walk the whole five miles at once. Instead, it was split over the three-day suspension, and he followed her in his car.

Cox said he wanted to teach her a lesson.

“I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s alright. I am doing what I think is right to teach my daughter a lesson to stop her from bullying,” he said in the video.

Cox posted a video of his daughter’s punishment on Facebook and it went viral, gaining over 22 million views.