Soldier Waterboards Daughter, 4, Over ABCs
He admits abuse, faces assault charges
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Washington police report that Tabor apparently didn't see anything wrong with waterboarding his daughter as punishment.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Washington state soldier has been charged with assault after admitting to police that he waterboarded his 4-year-old daughter for not properly reciting the alphabet. Cops found Joshua Tabor drunkenly wandering his Tacoma neighborhood in his combat helmet yelling about breaking windows. When they visited his home, his scratched and bruised daughter was hiding in a closet. “Daddy did it,” she told police.

Tabor confessed that his daughter “squirmed” when he placed her on a kitchen counter and submerged her head 3 or 4 times in a bowl of water, the News Tribune reports. He admits using the technique because she is terrified of the wet stuff. He is confined to base pending trial. It’s unclear if Tabor was deployed overseas, but troops from his base have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan. He received custody of his daughter just 4 weeks ago.

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Feb 9, 2010 12:59 PM CST
Feb 9, 2010 11:03 AM CST
So this guy who abused his daughter is sick and needs help? Where is the cry from conservatives that he go to jail. Oh Yeah! He's a white military guy. That makes sense. Lets get this white guy help.
Feb 9, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Ya that shit pisses me off too. I remember the comment he posted right there was like any other dly post. What's the point of even removing it he makes up a good percentage of newser comments, all of which are comedy gold.