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Police Chief defends arrest over unusual child punishment

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Douglasville’s Police Chief has been taking some serious heat from people who don’t agree with his decision to arrest a Douglas County dad for child cruelty.

Police say Charlie Mayes forced his teenage son, 16, to walk for miles in the hot sun while carrying a brick. The brick weighed more than 20 pounds.

The teen was punished for watching YouTube videos instead of doing network security stuff for his dad, according to the Douglasville Police Department.

The Douglasville Police Department is receiving angry phone calls and angry Facebook posts for arresting Mayes.

Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack showed FOX 5 a picture of the teenager who has the height of a 6 year-old and disproportionately short legs. Womack says forcing the teen to carry a large block for miles would be painful.

Joshua Burnett, a pizza delivery man, witnessed the punishment and reported it to police.

Mayes is facing a child cruelty charge. The court ordered Mayes to undergo family counseling and the home is still being investigated by police.

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