SHREVEPORT LA. (AP) — A man admitted to beating his estranged spouse while their three children hid inside a closet. He was sentenced for 10 years.
According to a news release by the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, the oldest child, a 10-year old boy, called 911. The beating was still ongoing when Shreveport police broke into a bedroom on February 24, 2020.
Christopher Michael Rapp, 30 of Shreveport received Monday’s sentence for two abuse charges. He received two years in prison for abuse with child harm and eight years maximum for domestic abuse battery with serious injuries.
Judge Donald E. Hathaway Jr. also signed permanent order prohibiting Rapp from having contact with their estranged spouse and oldest child.
According to the news release, Rapp was so fearful of the woman that she refused cooperation with the prosecutors who brought the case against her will.
“Domestic Violence threatens our ability keep families and communities secure,” said James E. Stewart Sr., Caddo Parish District attorney. “We will continue doing all that we can protect our victims and hold these abusivers accountable.”
Rapp made a statement Monday to the judge that he had admitted to visiting his estranged spouse’s house and locking her in the master bedroom while he beat her.
The younger children were between 8 and 4. The 10-year-old spoke for 14 minutes with the emergency dispatcher, claiming that his father was hurting his mom and had done it before. Rapp was arrested by police when they forced his way into the bedroom.