(PENSACOLA NEWS-JOURNAL) -- A Molino man is facing charges of child abuse after allegedly hitting
a child with a switch for 40 minutes, at times to the beat of the Robin
Thicke song "Blurred Lines."
Fillingim, 40, of the 5300 block of Chestnut Road, was arrested Sunday
after Escambia County Sheriff's responded to a child abuse complaint,
according to Fillingim's arrest report.
child at the scene, who officials say is a relative of Fillingim, told
the responding officer that Fillingim had called her lazy and struck her
in the face using his hands and a belt because she had not vacuumed
bugs off of the carpet, the report said.
made the victim hold a 20-pound weight in front of her and an 8-pound
weight behind her. She was then made to shovel dirt for an hour and a
half before being allowed to go to bed at 1:30 a.m.
The victim alleged in the report that it had been her punishment for being lazy and for skipping school earlier in the week.
victim also told officers that on Thursday she skipped school, and
Fillingim initially pretended to be unaware of her absence. Later the
same evening, he told her he knew she had skipped school and began to
strike the back of her thighs swinging a 2.5-foot long switch like a
The beating lasted approximately 40 minutes, and at
one point the victim said Fillingim played the song "Blurred Lines" and
struck her in time with the beat. According to the arrest report,
Fillingim recorded a portion of the event with his cell phone and sent
it to his girlfriend.
Fillingim's girlfriend, Lisa Coleman,
told officers on Sunday she had witnessed him strike the victim with a
belt as well as forcing the child to hold a weight. Coleman said
Fillingim had ordered her to mind her own business. She said she no
longer wished to be in a relationship with Fillingim.
to a police report, Fillingim's girlfriend sent the officer a video
from her phone, which she had titled "She's Home." Coleman said the
video was from Fillingim. In the video, a long, thin switch can be seen
repeatedly striking the back of a person's thighs. The officer reported
that no faces were visible in the video, but the area shown was
consistent with bruising on the victim's legs.
was charged with cruelty toward a child and is being held in Escambia
County Jail without bond. His is set to appear in court Oct. 4.
By Kevin Robinson, Pensacola News-Journal