Man beats, chokes daughter for skipping school, police say

A man was arrested Saturday for beating and choking his daughter for skipping school, police said.

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According to the Memphis Police Department, Brian Wheeler was arrested for beating his daughter with a two-by-four wooden board and choking her after she confessed to skipping school Friday, April 12. MPD said officers were dispatched to the house for a child abuse call.

The victim told police when they arrived that her dad beat her with a wooden board that was wrapped in duct tape. She was allegedly hit multiple times on her left arm and thigh.

Finally, the father then allegedly choked the victim until she almost lost consciousness.

According to the police report, the victim told MPD her paternal grandfather, Avan Wheeler, told her to lie and say her boyfriend beat her so that her father wouldn't get arrested.

Brian Wheeler has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Avan Wheeler is charged with child neglect.

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