Man in Court After ‘Waterboarding His Girlfriend’s Son, 5, and Restraining Him with Belts’

Man in Court After ‘Waterboarding His Girlfriend’s Son, 5, and Restraining Him with Belts’

Waterboarding has proven to be an effective interrogation technique in our fight against terrorism. But waterboarding a five year-old boy? That’s just cruel and awful. The Daily Mail reports on such a monster:


A 30-year-old Michigan man has been arraigned on child abuse charges.

Authorities say Michael Porter of Flint restrained his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son with belts, leaned him back over a footstool and poured water down his underwear-covered face.

They also claim Porter prodded the woman’s 12-year-old son in the chest and throat with a knife.

Mount Morris police Chief Keith Becker told NBC 25 that both boys have been removed from the home and that Porter used waterboarding to punish the 5-year-old after he ripped his backpack.

The chief says school officials notified police after noticing that the boy acting differently.

Porter does not have a lawyer at this time and has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, second degree child abuse, second degree child abuse in the presence of another child, assault with a dangerous weapon, and third degree child abuse.

The crimes all occurred on May 12, according to John Potbury, the assistant attorney for the county.

Porter is being held on a $400,000 cash surety bond and has yet to enter a plea and the mother of the two boys is not facing any charges at this time, though an investigation is ongoing.

I don’t know what would possess a grown man to make him want to waterboard a child. But, hopefully, if he’s found guilty, this information will make it to the folks with whom he will be serving his sentence.

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