PLATTE CITY, Mo. – A Palette City father has been charged with subjecting his teenage daughter to some extreme forms of punishment as well as possessing child pornography.
Police allege that 42-year-old James Marquis would routinely punish his 16-year-old daughter by making her stand in the corner of her room for 10 to 12 hours at a time. He would monitor her with a camera and if she left the corner, he would proceed to beat her with a belt.
During last Christmas break, it is alleged he made her do this 12 days in a row. The girl told police this type of abuse has been going on for years and that she had contemplated suicide, but had not done so because of her love for her dog – a dog Marquis sold on Craigslist as punishment. Marquis didn’t feel like what he was doing was wrong, stating that he felt it was adequate punishment for the girl’s bad grades at school.
Police found the child porn on his computer while they were conducting a search. he claims he has no idea how it got there. Police have charged him with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.
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