A Yelm man was arrested Sunday for allegedly beating and torturing his daughter. Police said they found the child covered with bruises.
Officers were dispatched around 2 a.m. to Umptanum Road behind Safeway for a report of a disturbance.
Joshua R. Tabor, 27, was allegedly walking up and down the street with a helmet, saying he was going to bust windows, said Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil. He appeared to be intoxicated.
When police arrived they discovered Tabor’s 4-year-old daughter had locked herself in a bathroom. Tabor’s girlfriend allegedly told police that Tabor has an anger problem and beats his daughter, Stancil said.
The child was interviewed and photographs were taken of the bruises that covered her body.
During the investigation it was also discovered Tabor may have held the girl’s head, backward, in a sink of water because she wouldn’t say her ABCs, Stancil said.
Tabor allegedly admitted to police that he did it because he knew she was terrified of water.
Stancil said Tabor admitted to using this means of punishment three to four times.
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