Duane Dog Chapman also known by his reality television name Dog the Bounty Hunter is no stranger to tough situations. Recently, Dog the Bounty Hunter’s grandson has been at the center of an alleged abuse case and Dog gained temporary child custody of his grandson in order to get him out of a potentially dangerous household.
Duane Dog Chapman believes his 9-year-old grandson is being abused by the boy’s father who is Chapman’s former son-in-law. The mother of the 9-year-old boy is Chapman’s daughter who died in a car accident in 2006. The alleged abuse of Dog the Bounty Hunter’s grandson occurred at the end of last month.
An upstairs neighbor recorded the episode of abuse with a recorder. On the audio recording a man is heard lecturing the child and cursing at him. At some point the father says “bend over” and the sound of lashings are heard. The boy is then heard crying and yells “no more.” The father then instructs the boy to move his hands. In total, thirteen slaps are heard.
The attorney that represents the father paints a different picture. The attorney said the boy was hit on the behind 3 to 5 times and claims the boy was not hit on the bare skin. The attorney also challenges the authenticity of the sounds of the lashings and claims the audio may have been modified.
The father of the 9-year-old admits he disciplined his son with a belt because his son got into trouble at school, lied to his teacher and did not bring home notes from school. The father also said he spanked his son when he caught the boy stealing $100 but rarely spanks him.
Dog Chapman believes the father is violent and won temporary child custody of his grandson. Chapman does not want permanent child custody but wants the father to receive help before the boy returns home.
Source: hawaiinewsnow.com, “UPDATE: ‘Dog’ Chapman awarded temporary custody of grandson after disturbing tape surfaces,” Tim Sakahara, Oct. 24, 2011