A father was ordered yesterday to spend 30 days in jail for forcing his 7-year-old daughter to sleep in a doghouse to show her how she could end up if living with him didn”t work out.
Christian Williams, 33, also must pay a $500 fine and take a parenting class for pleading guilty to felony abuse and neglect charges.
He told a judge he kept the child outside for two nights because less severe punishments had not deterred her bad behavior. He wanted her to understand that she could end up homeless if living with him didn”t work out, he said. Prosecutors said the punishment lasted two weeks.
Williams and the girl”s stepmother were arrested Aug. 13 after a neighbor told police she heard the girl scream, “Please, Daddy, let me in.” The stepmother pleaded guilty to the same charges and is to be sentenced today.