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Dad Accused of Torturing Two Young Children

highland-torture-dadHIGHLAND, Calif. (KTLA) — A 26-year-old man is facing child abuse charges for allegedly torturing his 5-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

Antwone Rattler is charged with four felony counts of child abuse and cruelty to a child resulting in possible injury or death.

The investigation began when the mother of the 2 children brought the girl to the Highland Police Department after noticing bruising on the child’s back.

The girl had just returned from a weekend visit with her father.

The girl told detectives that she had been beaten for misbehaving.

Investigators say the girl was tortured almost daily.

She described being bound and gagged and forced into physically exhausting positions for extended periods of time.

Her 9-year-old brother told police he received similar beatings and punishments.

Rattler is already on felony probation for a 2011 conviction of child abuse.

Court records show his daughter suffered a bruised and swollen lip.

His son also had extensive injuries.

Rattler served 180 days, and part of his probation was to enroll in child abuse classes and to refrain from harming a child.