Some people really like to play by the rules, but for one Indiana dad, enforcing the rules of grammar with his 3-year-old son landed him in jail for child abuse.
WISH-TV reports that Kenneth Webb, of Middletown, was arrested and charged with a felony for neglecting a dependent, which typically carries a four-year prison term, as well as battery resulting in bodily injury to a person under age 14, another felony with a standard 18-month sentence, for slapping his 3-year-old son repeatedly in the face.
Police arrested Webb after the boy’s mother came home and found marks on the boy’s face, and turned him in the next day. Webb told the authorities that he hit his son because the toddler was not saying “May I please” at the beginning of his sentences, and “wouldn’t look him in the eye when he talked.” We can’t imagine why a terrified toddler who was allegedly being abused by his own father wouldn’t want to make eye contact with him, can you?
The boy was taken to a local children’s hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He is now safely in the care of a grandparent. Not surprisingly, police say Webb, 29, has a history of a violent temper.
We’re editors, we get the frustration of poor grammar in these modern times, but slapping a toddler over it? They can hardly even talk yet! We’re happy that the cuffs got slapped onto this clueless moron. We hope he gets a lengthy sentence and spends his jail time learning how to be a decent father, because he clearly needs to lesson in how to treat others.