A Michigan father is headed to prison after ambushing his teen daughter with a forced exorcism.
According to the Detroit Free Press, William Ellis Watt, of Gregory, was sentenced to one to 10 years of prison for his third domestic violence offense.
The incident reportedly took place in September, when Watt and other family members approached his 18-year-old daughter while she was sitting on the couch watching television. According to the daughter’s police report obtained by the Detroit Free Press, Watt, along with his wife and son, ambushed her while chanting “the power of Christ compels you.”
The teen’s brother then reportedly smeared plaster on her face before the family members tipped over the couch while she was still sitting on it. On of them threw a water bottle at her, which cut her nose.
Though she managed to escape that ordeal, the teen faced more abuse when she returned home from work that same day and ate a meal. Her father reportedly accused her of stealing his food, and during an argument, slapped her in the face.
The young woman then left home with a friend and called police.
According to the newspaper, Watt insisted he was innocent and a victim of his daughter’s false accusations, but given his history of domestic violence convictions, the judge sided with his teen daughter.
Watts was reportedly first charged with domestic violence in 1997 and since then has been accused of abusing his wife, son, and daughter in a separate incidents. He served prison time in 2008 for felonious assault charges, and was convicted again of assault after his release in 2011, when he reportedly strangled his daughter. He had served ten months for that conviction not long before the latest incident.
“You can’t put your hands on your adult children,” Livingston County Court Judge Miriam Cavanaugh reported told Watt in court this week.
“You don’t get to kick around your kids because they’re your kids.”
Feature Photo: Livingston County Jail