A Flint man was arraigned in court today on multiple charges of child abuse after police say he performed waterboarding on a 5-year-old boy.
30-year-old Michael Porter has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, second degree child abuse, second degree child abuse in the presence of another child, assault with a dangerous weapon, and third degree child abuse.
Porter is accused of restraining his girlfriend’s five-year-old son with belts, leaning him back over a footstool and pouring water on the boy’s face, which was covered in underwear. This is known as “waterboarding” and simulates drowning. Police say this was done because the child ripped his backpack.
Both the five-year-old and his 12-year-old brother have been removed from the home.
Porter is being held on a $400,000 cash surety bond.
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