A Georgia father who was seen disciplining his teen daughter in disturbing videos on Instagram has defended his actions — saying he only regrets sharing the confrontation online, according to a report.
The father, identified by WSB-TV as Drew Anderson, was seen in videos posted to Instagram earlier this month questioning his daughter along with his wife — the 14-year-old girl’s stepmother — for lying, stealing and trying to run away.
The footage, which was no longer available Tuesday, showed the teen inside a garage where she appeared to be struck by a woman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
In a second video, the teen — who was identified as Trinity in the clips — pleaded with her father as he seemingly pinned her to the floor and sat on her chest, the newspaper reports.
“Daddy, get off me please,” the teen said in the footage that was reportedly viewed more than a million times and prompted some online to contact local authorities.
The incident took place at a home in Buford on Sept. 5, Gwinnett County police told the station.
The case has since been handed over to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide if charges will be filed, Corp. Collin Flynn told The Post.
The girl, meanwhile, is now in a “safe living environment” until the matter is resolved, Flynn said.
Anderson defended his actions during an interview Monday, admitting that the videos “look bad” while insisting he and his wife never hit his daughter.
“I don’t regret anything that was seen on that video, but I do regret broadcasting the video to other people,” Anderson told the station.
“I stand behind what I did as a father, somebody who is concerned,” Anderson continued. “I love my daughter. I don’t want to hurt my daughter and I don’t want her to get hurt.”
Anderson also denied sitting on his daughter, claiming he didn’t put his “weight down on her” at any point. But the footage shows Anderson asking his daughter if she “was ready to handle that” before she said no and was apparently struck by her stepmother, video shows.
“Don’t you hit me!” the teen screamed as she ran out of a garage with Anderson chasing after her, the footage shows.
Anderson said he was trying to show his daughter what could happen if someone she didn’t know tried to harm her after she tried running away three times in two months, WSB-TV reports.
“My intent was to give her an experience that she can feel because she is not listening to me,” Anderson said. “I just hope this situation will wake her up in a sense.”
A message seeking comment from Gwinnett County prosecutors was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, wife test positive for COVID-19
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, have tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office said Friday.
The Democratic governor and first lady received nasal swab tests Thursday afternoon after learning a staff member who works in their living quarters became infected with the virus, his office said.
Northam is currently asymptomatic, while his wife is experiencing mild symptoms, the office said.
The governor will continue his work remotely as the couple follows state health guidelines and quarantines for the next 10 days, Northam said.
Meanwhile, the governor’s executive mansion and offices will be closed Friday to undergo a deep cleaning.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said in a statement.
“The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”
Northam’s career was nearly derailed last year when a photo emerged from his 1984 yearbook page of a person dressed like a Ku Klux Klansman standing next to a person in blackface.
He initially admitted he was the one wearing blackface, but later backtracked, claiming it wasn’t him. However, he copped to once putting on blackface for a Michael Jackson costume.
Landmine detection rat wins top UK animal bravery award
Say “cheese,” Magawa!
This 7-year-old giant African pouched rat on Friday was awarded a British veterinary charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery after sniffing out unexploded landmines in Cambodia.
In addition to 39 landmines, the heroic rodent discovered 28 other items of ordnance across 1.5 million square feet since he was trained by APOPO, a Belgian charity that also works with programs in Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The stouthearted squeaker — who was named APOPO’s most successful “HeroRAT” — received the UK charity PDSA’s Gold Medal “for his life-saving bravery and devotion to duty.”
“The work of HeroRAT Magawa and APOPO is truly unique and outstanding,” PDSA head Jan McLoughlin said. “HeroRAT Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women and children who are impacted by these landmines.”
Magawa — who lives in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap — is the first rat to receive the PDSA medal in the 77 years it has been awarded. Other animal heroes have included brave cats, dogs and a pigeon, according to AFP.
APOPO trained the native Tanzanian to detect the chemical compound in explosives by rewarding him with tasty treats such as bananas and peanuts.
Magawa, who alerts his handlers by scratching the ground, can scurry across an area the size of a tennis court in just 30 minutes while attached to a leash.
The 28-inch-long rat weighs a whopping 2.6 pounds, a heavyweight among rodents, but light enough not to set off buried explosives, according to the BBC.
APOPO also decided that the African pouched rats were best suited for the job because of their African origins and life expectancy of up to eight years.
“Unlike metal detectors, the rats ignore scrap metal and only sniff out explosives making them fast and efficient landmine detectors,” said APOPO CEO Christophe Cox.
“This not only saves lives but returns much-needed safe land back to the communities as quickly and cost-effectively as possible,” added Cox, whose charity has 45 rats searching for landmines.
First known as the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSA was launched as a free veterinary clinic in 1917 and has used heroic animals since 1943.
More than 60 million people in 59 countries are threatened by landmines and unexploded ordinance, according to APOPO.
In 2018, landmines and other remnants of conflict killed or injured 6,897 people, according to the group.
With Post wires
Duo arrested for planned terror attacks at Trump Tower: feds
Two men allegedly plotted terror attacks on high-profile US targets, including at Trump Tower and the New York Stock Exchange, where they claimed the destruction would be “Netflix worthy” and earn them “rock star status,” federal authorities said.
Kristopher Sean Matthews, of Elgin, South Carolina, is accused of conspiring with other ISIS supporters over a period of months, including a Texas man named Jaylyn Christopher Molina, according to a federal affidavit obtained by The State.
The pair, who were arrested Monday, discussed several possible sites for US terror attacks and Matthews suggested the best locations would be government centers rather than places “like malls where innocent children are,” court documents show.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” Molina allegedly wrote in a secretive chat group where FBI investigators said they announced their loyalty to ISIS.
If successful, Matthews said the attacks would grant them “rock star status baby,” the affidavit shows.
“This could be Netflix worthy,” Matthews allegedly wrote in the chat group, court papers show.
The FBI used undercover agents and confidential sources to track down the pair, who are accused of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, court document show.
If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison, The State reports.
Molina, who referred to himself as “Abdur Rahim,” was arrested by the FBI in San Antonio. He’s expected to appear in federal court in San Antonio early next week, KSAT reports.
Matthews, who was arrested in Tennessee, referred to himself as “Ali Jibreel” and used an encrypted messaging app last year to try to find an ISIS facilitator outside the United States to help him travel to Syria and recruit additional members, a criminal complaint obtained by KSAT shows.
Molina joined the same encrypted chat sometime in April and later posted manuals on how to train with an AK-47 and how to build a bomb, according to the complaint.
Molina also posted an extremely graphic photo collage on social media of an American citizen being killed by ISIS, according to the complaint.
Records show Molina and Matthews also discussed possible attacks at the headquarters of the CIA, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, KSAT reports.
The pair allegedly wrote as recently as last month that they could use a “multi-wave attack strategy” to carry out the terror attacks, court documents show.
Molina was also in contact in late August with a woman from an unidentified European nation who sought bomb-making instructions, according to the affidavit.
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