Father cites Bible, hits child with rod
- In Florida: Man cites Bible, hits child with wooden rod.
cooper-stephen A Crestview man was charged with felony cruelty to a child without great harm after investigators found deep purple bruising on a 12-year-old child.
Stephen W. Cooper, who is 50, told Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators that he used a wooden dowel rod to punish the child, in accordance with the Bible.
The bruising was still visible on the child's arms and buttocks five days after the incident, indicating deep tissue bruising, the report said.
His faith has no bounds:
Cooper told Department of Children and Family investigators that he could not make any promises he wouldn't use the dowel again. He also refused to sign or agree to a safety plan, the report said.
A perfect example of Christian persecution.