A father from Georgia is facing criticism for disturbing videos that he posted to social media of him disciplining his teenage daughter.
Andrew Eugene Anderson, of Gwinnett County, can be seen in the video with his wife, as they confront the young teen and accuse her of stealing and running away.
At one point Anderson pins his daughter to the garage floor with his knees and locks her arms down so she can't move. The teenage girl is screaming and begging her father to get off but all he says is, "I'll go to jail about you," and "You think you can handle yourself?"
The father defended himself on Atlanta's WSB-TV saying that the videos might look bad but they "look a lot worse than what they really are." He doesn't regret his actions but he says he regrets putting the videos on social media.
You can find pieces of the video on Youtube and they are really quite sickening and scary. The father is berating and cussing at his child then physically pins her to the floor. I would be shocked if this man isn't charged with child abuse.
“I don’t regret anything that was seen on video, but I do regret broadcasting the video to other people," Anderson said. “We had our reasons for doing it because we wanted to kind of present information to her followers that are aiding her in giving her a place to stay because they are misinformed."
Gwinnett County DA Danny Porter said that it's too early to talk about pressing charges against the father but confirmed the incident is under investigation.
Anderson argues that he has "never" abused his daughter.
“I didn’t sit on her. I didn’t put my weight down on her at any time in the video. I strictly used my knees to kind of lock her arms in while I was holding her arms to the side," he claimed. "I’ve disciplined my child before. I’ve never struck her in the face."
The teen is currently staying with family members.