Two men were arrested for disciplining a 10-year-old boy who did not do his chores by whipping him with a horse whip, throwing him into a water-filled ditch and forcing him to run up and down a logging road for three hours on Dec. 12, 2014, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert T. Toy, 31, and Lawrence Larsen, 36, were booked into the Whatcom County Jail on Saturday, Dec. 13 under suspicion of first-degree assault of a child. Toy is the boy’s father, and Larsen is a grandfather by marriage, according to Sgt. Kevin Mede.
The men picked up the boy from school on Friday, Dec. 12 and drove him to Paradise Valley Road south of Sumas, according to Mede. They forced the boy to run up and down the road while driving behind him, and accused the boy of not doing his share of household chores, Mede said. The boy was wearing jeans and a T-shirt and was thrown into a water-filled ditch at one point, Mede said. The Sheriff’s Office estimated the temperature to be in the 40s at the time.
This went on for around three hours, Mede said. When the child stopped running, he was whipped with an 85-inch horse whip and told to keep running. The boy eventually could not run anymore, and he was then whipped 30 more times in the arms, back and groin, Mede said.
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The child then completed his chores at home. None of the child’s injuries were life-threatening, Mede said, and he has been placed in the care of a different relative.
Toy, from the Nooksack area, remained in Whatcom County Jail on Monday, Dec. 15. Larsen, from Maple Falls, goes by the name “Eddie,” and could not immediately be reached for comment Monday evening.