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Washington man accused of waterboarding 7-year-old daughter


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A man is Washington state was arrested Sunday after allegedly waterboarding and beating his 7-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Officers responded to a 7-Eleven in Lakewood, Wash., Sunday after a woman reported her boyfriend, Matthew Farrar, 27, waterboarded his daughter at the residence they shared, Lakewood Police and Pierce County prosecutors stated in court documents.

The girl told police that Farrar spanked her with his belt for lying and talking back.

The woman said Farrar used "too much power and too many strikes,” and described the treatment as "way overboard” and said the girl was screaming "bloody murder.”

Farrar then allegedly dragged the girl to the bathroom, wet a wash towel and put the rag over the girl’s face before pouring water on her from a plastic bottle, “over her mouth and nose,” the documents allege.

The woman said the girl cried, gagged and gasped for her while saying “I can’t breathe.” She said the waterboarding lasted between 15 and 20 seconds.

“That’s the point, shut up before the neighbors hear,” Farrar allegedly responded.

The woman then took the girl and fled to 7-Eleven and called police. She said she did not think they were safe.

When apprehended by officers, Farrar admitted to the abuse. “I think it could have been a little too much,” he told officers.

Police recovered the towel, the water bottle, and the girl’s wet clothes at the house.

Farrar was charged with two counts of child abuse.