By Amber Goodhand
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman gained temporary custody of his grandson after disturbing audio captured the child allegedly being beaten, and Star magazine has obtained exclusive video of the boy being turned over by authorities — you can watch it here on RadarOnline.com.
The video features Chapman welcoming nine-year-old Travis Mimms — the son of his late daughter Barbara-Katie Chapman — with a hug and kiss on the head after police escorted him to Chapman on October 21, 2011. After Dog’s emotional greeting, his daughter Lyssa hugs young Travis, followed by Dog’s wife, Beth.
As Star magazine first reported on RadarOnline.com, the boy’s father, Travis Mimms Sr. obtained a restraining order last week against Dog, his wife Beth and daughter Lyssa. He claims they have been harassing him, accusing him of beating his child and slandering him.
This came after police and Child Protective Services had been notified with allegations that Travis Sr. was beating his son.
Dog hit back with a restraining order of his own against Travis Sr. and a judge granted his request for a temporary restraining order against the father of his grandson on behalf of Travis Jr. and granted him temporary custody.
Police removed the child from the custody of his father and handed him over to Chapman. Approximately seven police cars descended on the Mimms’ residence.
In the audio tapes submitted to the court and obtained by Star, Travis Jr. appears to be receiving a severe beating — allegedly from his father — and the boy is heard purportedly being hit 13 times and crying as the man erupts in anger.
“I don’t want to take my grandson’s dad away from him,” Dog told Star in an exclusive interview. “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.”
Government statistics show that complaints to child protective services agencies alleging six million children were abused or neglected were received during 2009. “One-quarter of the CPS responses determined at least one child who was found to be a victim of abuse and neglect,” according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Contact local law enforcement or your state’s child protective services agency if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected.