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Monday, May 2, 2016

Father Arrested and Charged With Child Abuse After Disciplining His Teen Son With Boxing Match

Tavis Sellers boxing with teen son

Prince William County, VA — Tavis Sellers, a father who posted a video of himself boxing with his 17-year-old son, is now facing domestic assault and battery charges. Even worse, according to Fox 5, the teen has been taken away from his father’s house by social workers while the investigation is underway.

Sellers told reporters that he was disciplining his son for skipping class at school, while also teaching him how to defend himself. In the video, the two can clearly be seen in what some are calling a very violent boxing match. Sellers is seen throwing punches at his son while simultaneously scolding his son about his behavior.

He tells the camera, “He can walk out of class, but call me so I’m on your side. All day went by, he didn’t call. So now it’s discipline time because he didn’t do what I told him to do. He chooses to do what he wants to do.”

After the boxing match ends, the video shows Sellers’ son wiping blood from his nose and lips. Sellers’ voice can be heard saying, “Let them know! Tell your teacher you’re sorry.”

Sellers admits that he busted his son’s lip and gave him a bloody nose, but says that his injuries weren’t long-lasting. He also told reporters that his family is a “boxing family,” and it is “no one’s place to judge how he takes care of his business in his house.”

As a caption for the video, Seller posted the following message:

“Blessings come in all forms and mines came in the form of a great young man to have as a son. I feel I would be the worst disappointment to him if I didn’t do my best to deter him from choices in life that I have seen lead to destruction. The world now has given us platforms to reach out and show your efforts. A lot of people were hurt by this video. And that was not the purpose. I did it to show what has been working for ME.”

He reportedly has already been released from jail on a $5,000 unsecured bond, and will soon face the charges in court.

Watch the video below: