Father Beats Teenage Daughter, Shaves Her Head Because Of What She Downloaded On Her Phone

Updated December 12, 2017

A Ferriday, Louisiana father was arrested on child cruelty charges after sharing video footage of himself beating his daughter with a belt and shaving her head, punishing her for downloading Snapchat. In the video, which Alex Harrison shared on Facebook and Snapchat, he explains: “She wanna be grown, she getting her a** whooped n her hair bald. School is for work not f****** Snapchat. She ain’t got no business with no damn snap anyway. Stay tuned.”

Harrison is seen shouting at his daughter and lashing the girl with a belt while telling her to move her hands and feet out of the way, as she tries to protect herself. He is seen beating her for over a minute, striking her more than 50 times and shouting, “You want to be grown?”

He then takes her to another room and shaves her head, saying, “This is what it means to be grown.” The girl is seen crying into her hands. She has been identified as a ninth grader, likely 14 or 15 years old.

The Ferriday Police Department would not comment on whether the girl remained in her home following Harrison’s arrest or if she was taken into the care of authorities. Ferriday Police Department Detective Richard Madison told The Natchez Democrat: “After reviewing the video, from my experience in the business, we determined the child was abused.”

Many weighing in with comments on The Daily Mail‘s coverage of the story were understandably horrified by the man’s actions, with notes including: “So disturbing! This poor girl!!, “Wow…talk about a serious overreaction. I feel sorry for the girl,” and “horrifically abusive.”

Another commenter explained it with this simple statement:

“Horrible piece of human waste. He needs any children he has removed from his care.”

One commenter noted the probable bigger picture for this girl, writing:

“Simple steps to ruin the life of your child in less then five minutes. THIS is what we have all seen. This clip is just a small segment of the life of this kid. Just imagine what else has gone on with this man as a ‘father’ to any child. There is no way that this is the first or only time he has been violent and cruel to people in his life. This is just one little snippet of what this guy and whoever is behind the camera have done to those in their lives. You can bank on it.”

Another person added:

“I hope this poor child can be raised in another home where she can grow up in safety. This is one video. Imagine what she’s been living with all of her life. Abuse. #savekids #believevictims #safety.”

Still another person commented:

“Truly the most disturbing thing I’ve seen in a long time. Takes a lot to shock me but I literally had my hands covering my mouth through this whole video. JUST SICK!”

One commenter noted that the person filming should also face charges, writing:

“the creep that filmed it should also be arrested. and both should go away forever. Nothing but mean hearted bullies that obviously enjoyed this.”