Judge Accused of Beating Disabled Daughter Raises More Fears for Parents (VIDEO)

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gavelIt's a video so horrifying, it's almost impossible to watch in its entirety. A father takes a belt to his teenage daughter while screaming, cursing, and threatening to move his assault to her face. Now for the truly terrifying part: the girl has cerebral palsy and research by Gawker seems to confirm the dad pictured is William Adams, a judge running for re-election in Aransas County, Texas.

This guy actually rules on child abuse cases as part of his job, and now he's accused of beating his kid over some Internet downloads! Suddenly makes the sanctity of our justice system seem a little tarnished, doesn't it?

Uploaded to YouTube late last month by a girl claiming to be Adams' daughter Hillary, the video was verified by people who know the family. Not surprisingly, it's become the focus of a campaign to keep the incumbent from reclaiming his position of authority in the southeastern Texas county. Whether they're successful or not actually matters little if the police can verify the video as Adams (beyond what Gawker has done) and assess whether a crime was committed.

At this point, people would be wise to remember these are still allegations. But if he is indeed the person beating this child, and it is deemed assault, Adams' ability to serve as a judge would likely be revoked. Texas law prohibits convicted felons from elected office unless they've been pardoned for their actions.

It's hard to say, but the fact that this video is out there, as disgusting as it is (I couldn't watch to the end, to be honest), is good news. It means that the perpetrator can be punished for his actions.

What I find 10 times scarier even than this is that I can't imagine how many other people in a position of authority such as a judge have similar skeletons in their closet that haven't been released onto the Internet. If this is truly Adams' daughter, she's one brave girl. She's successfully leashed the often mercurial power of the Internet to fight her abuser. People on Reddit, Gawker, and now The Stir are standing up to say it's not OK for a dad to do this to his child.

But how many people have this kind of Internet savvy? Heck, how many have this kind of proof? We look to our justice system to protect the innocent, but when its members are abusing them in their own homes, it's hard to trust they can do that.

Does the Adams case make you more wary of the criminal justice system? Check out the video -- if you can stomach it -- and tell us what you think:


 

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tinyp... tinypossum

I hope they put BOTH parents in jail for as long as possible. I also hope that that douchebag loses the election and is disbarred (dunno if that's possible, but I hope for it). What the hell is wrong with those people?!?!?!?!? I can't imagine treating an animal or a stranger off the street like that, much less my own child. That poor kid is totally screwed up for life. God bless her. I applaud her braveness for videotaping that abuse and I hope that it brings her relief. I'm going to go hug my kids and try to be the best parent I can possibly be. But first, I'm going to throw up. 

nonmember avatar Becca

Judge or not this is just sick. I'm not a fan of spanking anyway but definitely not a 16 year old. And a belt?! This goes beyond spanking right to abuse. Poor girl. :(

aaf237 aaf237

This is a horrifying video.  I feel sick to my stomach.  I am praying that this child (or children) in the home have been removed and placed in a safe enviornment.  Both MOM and DAD should serve a maximum amount of jail time.  He shouldn't even be allowed to be a candidate for the damn election or ever serve as a defender of justice.  Who knows what he was physically doing to her when they weren't on the whole screen.  HEARTBREAKING....

Cacho... Cachorritos

If this video is legit, My God. Where to start? What a courageous young woman- the risk she took in taping this incident can't be understated. This was very difficult to watch, but it is nothing compared to how difficult it is to go through. This is clearly a case of two adults resorting to physical violence with the purpose of bullying their child "into submission" as the father clearly states. This is not discipline: nothing is being learned by the child other than to not trust her parents- the two people who should be protecting and nurturing her- to breed resentment within her, and to cause her psychological damage that she'll have to contend with for the rest of her life. I truly hope these parents are investigated and that both children (including the one that was removed from the room before the beating began) are protected from this type of abuse ever taking place again. That the girl has a medical condition is more saddening, and it is still abuse even if she was 100% healthy. There is no excuse for this type of treatment upon anyone. My heart just broke. I hope this child finds the support and love she needs to emotionally heal from this abuse.

bills... billsfan1104

Someone posted this earlier in cafe mom. It was horrible. I had to stop watching it.

Mamab... MamabearC

Oh my God that was beyond terrible and sickening. I couldn't even make it through the whole video, and even the 4 minutes I could watch was done so with complete horror and shock.My heart breaks for those in this situation and simialr situations. I am all for discipline and punishment when called for but THIS type of behavior by parents is totally unacceptable and more importantly criminal.Both parents should be charged with abuse and have their parental rights taken away. The judge should be in jail and never allowed on the bench again.I feel like sobbing and running to my kids school to give them a huge hug right now...

nonmember avatar Tim

The saddest thing about this, and also the best thing about the video being released, is that this is SO SO SO common in so many households in this country. Reading discussion threads reveals just how many people have suffered abuse at the hands of an abusive parent. Turning the national dialogue to parental abuse will be a big step forward in limiting and ending this type of abuse. This girl should be praised as a hero for abuse victims everywhere. And for the abusers out there, watch the *(&$# out, you have fewer places to hide thanks to technology, and we will find you. I hope this video inspires kids everywhere to post their abuse.

momto... momtolittleg

I hope he rots in jail, no matter WHO he is.  I admit I have popped my daughter on her butt on occasion, but never repeatedly and I would never use a belt, and I just don't see how he could call that discipline.  I could only watch about 30 seconds of it, and I don't want to know how long it goes on.  What an asshole.

xanth... xanthian41691

As someone who went through this sort of thing, getting beat with a belt and having another parent who didn't care about it (he was an abusive alcoholic), I can honestly say I feel for this girl 100% and I think BOTH parents should be arrested and her & any siblings she has need to be removed from their care. This sort of thing should NEVER happen.

nonmember avatar Sunshine

Has this man been charged with a crime? If not, they we should all conact DA for that county and urge them to press charges. My heart breaks for this young lady. Not only was she being beaten physically but the language her parents used is damaging as well.

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