A very disturbing audio recording that appears to capture a beating of a child is at the center of a court battle, a debate that has ended up granting Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman temporary custody of his 9-year-old grandson Travis Mimms Jr.
Radaronline reports that the young man – who is the child of Duane’s late daughter Barbara Katie Chapman and her husband Travis Mimms – was living with his father when the recording of the alleged abuse was captured.
The chilling tape portrays what Duane’s family believes to be Travis Jr. being struck repeatedly and crying as the abuser – who is reportedly his father – curses at him and erupts in anger.
Although Travis Sr. denies hitting his son, he later admits to administering only three spanks, claiming that he struck the boy “once for me, once for him and once for God.”
He also claims that Travis Jr. is frightened of Duane and his wife Beth Chapman and that Duane threatened to kill him.
The A&E reality TV star – who has been estranged from his son-in-law for approximately one year – reveals that he deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded.
I don’t want to take my grandson’s dad away from him. I want him [Travis Senior] to take parenting classes. We had to get Travis [Junior] out of that situation. I was beaten by my father, too. But we have to break that cycle.”
Beth Chapman also adds, “This is all about protecting a little boy, not about hurting his dad. We’re doing what we have to do. We want Travis Senior to get help.”
Both men have obtained restraining orders against each other.
Continue reading this shocking report and listen to the audio clip at Radaronline.