Police: Stepfather beat daughter with fire poker

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Cornelius Romelle Shaw, 42 of Burnsville, MN

A man in Burnsville, Minnesota found his underaged step daughter in bed with her 18-year-old boyfriend at 1am on Tuesday. His response was allegedly to retrieve the families Fire Poker, and beat them both with it as punishment.

Cornelius Romelle Shaw, 42, was charged with malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint that was posted on Monday.

Shaw told police that he’d hit both his step daughter and her boyfriend, but only after the boyfriend pushed Shaw down, causing him to hurt his back.

Shaw reportedly admits that he “Shouldn’t have hit (his) daughter,” but said that if it happened again he would, “probably beat her ass again.”

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“I certainly don’t condone underage children sleeping together, but regardless of the circumstances involved, it’s not appropriate to strike a child with any item,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

The boyfriend will not be charged with any crimes as the age of consent in Minnesota is 16. He had gone to the hospital the next morning for his injuries, telling hospital staff and police of the incident, as well as admitting to “sneaking into the girl’s house frequently.”

She couldn’t be found at school so they went to the Shaw residence for answers. Shaw reportedly gave a false story before finally admitting to the truth.

Police arrested Shaw during a search of his home which revealed the fire poker was missing from the fireplace tools. He was released May 31 under the condition that he have no contact with his daughter, or go to her home.

If he is convicted, Shaw could face up to a year in prison. His next court date is scheduled for June 20.

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