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Mental treatment ordered for father who abused, shaved children
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A father who abused his children and shaved their bodies has been released on time served and ordered into mental health treatment.The father, Fred Watson, 40, entered guilty pleas to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and was placed on probation for one year. He was directed to keep up with his mental health treatment as part of his sentence.According to McMinnville police officer Bobby Anderson, the two children were subjected to “unusual and extreme mental anguish and distress” by Watson who, according to family members, suffers from mental issues.Anderson said in his warrants against Watson the Department of Children’s Services had taken control over the two children and they had found Watson’s action constituted criminal abuse.“He had subjected the two children to unusual and extreme anguish and distress by completely and thoroughly shaving their bodies, placing his hands on their face in an effort to restrict and diminish their capacity to breath, and by physically abusing them by striking them in the face with his hands,” Anderson revealed.The children, once rescued by DCS, told workers they were in fear of their father.The fact the children are 8 years of age or less made the crime a felony, but Watson was allowed to plea the cases down to a misdemeanor.