Nashville father charged with child abuse in belt beating

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 36-year-old man has been charged with child abuse amid allegations he beat his nine-year-old daughter repeatedly with a leather belt because she misbehaved at school.

According to an arrest warrant, the child told her mother on August 9 that she was hit by her father, Todd Frierson. The girl’s mother reported finding several bruises on her daughter’s legs and buttocks, including what appeared to be five loop-shaped bruises.

Metro police said the nine-year-old told investigators she got into trouble at school and when she returned home, Frierson, who has primary custody, hit her with a leather belt more than ten times.

Todd Frierson
Todd Frierson (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

When he was questioned by investigators, officers said Frierson claimed he had simply “whooped” his daughter as a result of her behavior.

Frierson was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Metro jail on a charge of child abuse.

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