A Florida man is facing charges of felony child abuse after being accused of hitting his daughter for 40 minutes “to the beat” of Robin Thicke’s summer hit “Blurred Lines.”
An Escambia County Sheriff’s report obtained by The Smoking Gun on Tuesday said that a complaint was filed against 40-year-old Steven Grady Fillingim for child abuse after he beat his daughter for being “lazy” and skipping school.
When investigators spoke to the girl on Sunday, she told them that her father hit her on the face with his belt and with his hands because she had not vacuumed bugs that were in the family’s home on Saturday. As part of her punishment, she was made to hold a 20 pound weight in front of her body and then hold an 8 pound weight behind her.
She was also forced to shovel dirt for a period of 90 minutes.
On Thursday, the girl said that her father acted normal when she came home even though she had gotten in trouble for skipping school that day. But at around 9 p.m., he began to lash her with a switch.
She told investigators that he hit her “for approximately 40 minutes using the switch like a whip,” the police report said. “As he was striking [the girl], S/Steven Fillingim played the Robin Thicke song ‘Blurred Lines,’ striking her with the switch to the beat of the music.”
The report added that Fillingim also recorded the beating on his cellphone and sent it to his girlfriend, who provided the video to police.
The girl’s face could not be seen in the video, but the body of the person being beaten corresponded with the bruising police observed on the victim’s legs.
Fillingim’s girlfriend also confirmed that the girl was forced to hold a weight and was hit with a belt.
According to the Escambia County Jail, Fillingim was released on $15,000 bond. A Circuit Court hearing was scheduled for Oct. 4.
The Department of Children and Families also opened an investigation after being notified by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies.
The girl has been placed in her mother’s custody.
[Photo credit: Escambia County Jail]