Utah couple accused of waterboarding daughter as punishment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah couple is accused of waterboarding their 9-year-old daughter as a form of punishment.

Court documents show the girl’s father and stepmother of Provo were booked into jail last week on suspicion of child abuse.

According to a police affidavit, an investigation began Dec. 3 following a report from child welfare workers.

The girl told police her father and stepmother tied her hands and then placed a towel over her face. She says they held her down in a bathtub and poured water on the towel.

The girl says she couldn’t breathe. She says the waterboarding has occurred three times and also reported other abuse, including being hit.

The Associated Press isn’t identifying the father or stepmother to protect the girl’s identity. The couple has not yet been charged.

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