Texas couple accused of waterboarding 13-year-old

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Christi Howell and Casey Shackleford

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KEMP, Texas — A Texas mother and her boyfriend are accused of waterboarding the woman’s 13-year-old son as a punishment for inappropriately touching the family dog, according to WFAA.

The victim told Kaufman County Children’s Advocacy Center that he told his mother’s boyfriend, Casey Shackleford, that he inappropriately touched the family dog. The boy explained that he just wanted to be honest about what he had done.

According to the victim, Shackleford, 45, grabbed him by the hair, pinned him down and told the boy’s mother, Christi Howell, to pour cold water over the 13-year-old’s face as he held a towel over it.

The boy was able to move his head to the side to avoid drowning, according to WFAA.

After waterboarding the teen, Shackleford grabbed him, put him on the couch and ordered him to explain what he did, according to the sheriff’s office. The boy told officials at one point Shackleford told Howell to get a “pig rope” to tie to the teen’s genitals.

A warrant obtained by WFAA, noted that Howell did as she was told and, “pulled on the rope as if she was trying to pull him around and off the couch.”

Deputies said Howell admitted to the waterboarding and tying the rope around the boy, but said it was all Shackleford’s idea.

Howell was charged with injury to a child, which is a second-degree felony. She is being held under a $250,000 bond.

Shackleford turned himself in on Wednesday and is facing the same charge.