Neighbor Horrified When He Sees What Dad Is Doing To 6-Year-Old Outside

A father's odd decision ended horribly for everyone involved.

An Ohio dad has been shot at after he tried a new kind of punishment on his 6-year-old daughter. The father in question, Vernon Barrett Jr., 25, was spotted chasing his young daughter all over the neighborhood while wearing a terrifying clown mask. Unsurprisingly, the young girl was scared for her life as she didn’t know that it was her father underneath the mask.

The disturbing incident began when Mr. Barrett Jr. was told that his daughter, who remains unnamed, was misbehaving and acting out at home and at school. According to an incident report referenced by the Washington Post, “Barrett said that he decided to use the clown mask into scaring her to behave.”

However, the plan did not go well for Mr. Barrett Jr., who is now facing charges of inducing panic and child endangerment. It appears that Barrett began his abusive lesson shortly before 10 p.m. – around this time a local driver reported to police that Barrett’s daughter jumped into her car and asked her to “take her away because a clown was chasing her.”

The female driver began calling 9-11 to report the incident and didn’t notice Barrett – who was still wearing a clown mask – approach the vehicle and wrench his daughter out of the car. However, the quick-thinking young girl managed to evade his grasp again and fled into a nearby residential complex, hiding in a stranger’s apartment to get away from the ‘clown’.

The apartment that the girl hid in was owned by Dion Santiago, 48, who took the scared girl at her word and looked outside. The police report, filed by first response officer Joseph O’Grady, describes how “Santiago turned off the lights and looked out his apartment window and observed Barrett standing outside of the building with a clown mask on.”

When Barrett did not respond to Mr. Santiago’s demands to leave the area, the 48-year-old man retrieved a handgun from his bedroom and fired a warning shot at the approaching clown. The near-miss shot prompted Barrett to finally remove his creepy mask and convince his daughter to come back to him.

By this time, local police officers had already been dispatched to the scene. When Officer O’Grady arrived, he found Santiago and Barrett furiously arguing outside the apartment building, with O’Grady writing: “I attempted to tell [the girl] that it was okay and that it was her father. However, [she] ran into the back bedroom of the apartment.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Santiago – who had drunk several beers that night – has been charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated. However, Santiago’s family members have come out in support of the man’s clumsy act of defense. O’Grady’s report describes how Santiago’s son said “due to the news and Internet coverage of people dressed as clowns chasing people he got nervous and scared when he looked outside the window and saw a man with a clown mask on.”

Since the recent release of ‘It’, a horror movie based on Stephen King’s book of the same name, cities around the world have seen an uptick in clown related incidents.

Source: Daily Mail
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