Steven Grady Fillingim, 40, allegedly filmed himself whipping a girl with a switch to the beat of Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.
Police say Fillingim, who was arrested Sunday at his Pensacola, Fla. home, abused the teen on several occasions during the first half of September. The victim, whose relation to Fillingim is unclear from the report, told investigators that he would get angry with her from reasons ranging from her skipping school to her failure to “vacuum up bugs from the carpet.”
His alleged tactics of abuse varied, and included beating her with his belt and hands, making her to hold a 20-pound weight out in front of her and forcing her to shovel dirt for an hour and a half.
Authorities also obtained a video that appears to show Fillingim whipping the girl with a switch for 40 minutes while playing “Blurred Lines” in the background. According to the report, he was “striking her with the switch to the beat of the music.”
He sent the video — which was titled “She’s Home” — to his girlfriend, who showed it to police, according to NorthEscambia.com.
In light of the incident, local news station WEARTV spoke with social worker Melanie Fryou, who pointed out the differences between disciplining and abusing a child.
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