A Missouri jury convicted a stepfather of child abuse, among other charges, as reported by Daily Star Journal.
Robert Brown was found guilty of three counts of child abuse and two counts of child endangerment on Friday after being arrested for beating his two stepdaughters, then ages eight and ten.
Brown repeatedly struck the pair with a window rod and even threatened to kill them if they spoke to anybody about the abuse, according to court records. Additionally, Brown padlocked the girls in their room, leaving them alone in the house with no access to food, water or use of the bathroom.
The suspect denied abusing the girls, blaming their injuries on their mother, Brandi, and one another, alleging that the older girl had struck the younger one with a goat prod. He told the court his stepdaughter was “very hyper and prone to throwing fits.”
As a matter of fact, he denied disciplining the girls at all, saying it was their mother’s job.
“No. They’re not my daughters,” he told the court. “That’s my wife’s job. I don’t feel it’s my place to discipline them.”
The stepfather was also charged with furnishing a minor with pornography but, on that charge, he was acquitted.
“My office takes the protection of our most vulnerable victims, children of the county, very seriously, and we want to seek justice for those victims who are vulnerable because of their age,” Prosecutor Rob Russell said after the verdict. “It’s very hard to listen to evidence concerning the victimization of children.”
Brown will face sentencing in April and faces a maximum of 50 years behind bars. He also has a two-year-old daughter with the mother of the two girls.
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