U.S. soldier JoshuaTabor waterboards his daughter, 4, because she couldn’t recite alphabet: police

By Brian Kates

Originally Published:Monday, February 8th 2010, 9:05
Updated: Monday, February 8th 2010, 11:02 AM

A GI waterboarded his 4-year-old
daughter in their suburban Tacoma, Wash.,
home because she couldn’t recite the
alphabet, police reported.

Joshua Tabor, 27, allegedly admitted to
police he used the torture technique
because his daughter was terrified of water
and he was furious she didn’t know her

Tabor was arrested Sunday and charged
with assault of a child.

Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord
base in Tacoma, Wash., told police he held
the little girl’s head backward in a sink of

water, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil told
the the local newspaper, the Nisqually
Valley News.

Stancil said Tabor had admitted to using
this means of punishment three to four

Police found the little girl locked in a
bathroom with bruises on her back and
scratch marks on her neck and throat.

Asked how she got the bruises, the girl is
said to have replied, “Daddy did it.”

Police did not release Tabor’s rank or the
nature of his military service. His base is
home to units that have served in Iraq and  

The girl, who was not identified, had been
in Tabor’s court-ordered custody for about
a month and a half.

After his arrest, she was placed in the care
of Child Protective services, Stancil said.
She had moved to Yelm from Montana
where she lived with her grandparents. Her
mother lives in Kansas.

Cops arrested Tabor after neighborhood
residents reported him walking around his

neighborhood drunk, wearing a Kevlar
Army helmet and threatening to break

Tabor’s girlfriend told police that Tabor
has an anger problem and beats his
daughter, Stancil said.

Tabor reportedly said his girlfriend helped
hold the girl down in the water. She had not
been charged.

The couple has a 2-month-old child
together, Stancil said.


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