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Man who beat his wife while his children were hiding in a cupboard gets 10-year-old

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) – A man who admitted to beating his ex-wife while their three children were hiding in a closet has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The eldest child, a 10-year-old boy, called 911 – and the beating was still ongoing when Shreveport Police kicked a bedroom door on February 24, 2020, according to a statement of the Caddo Parish Prosecutor’s Office.

Christopher Michael Rapp, 30, of Shreveport was sentenced Monday on two charges of abuse. He was sentenced to two years for violence with endangerment of a child and the maximum of eight years for domestic violence with serious injuries.

Judge Donald E. Hathaway Jr. also signed standing orders barring Rapp from contact with his ex-wife and eldest child.

The woman was so afraid of Rapp that she refused to cooperate with prosecutors, who brought the case against her will, the statement said.

“Domestic violence threatens our ability to keep families and communities safe,” said Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. “We will continue to do all we can to protect our victims and keep these abusers away for responsible. “

In a statement to the judge on Monday, Rapp admitted to going to his ex-wife’s home, locking her in the master bedroom and beating her.

The youngest were 8 and 4 years old. The 10-year-old spoke to the emergency dispatcher for 14 minutes, claiming his father was hurting his mother and had already done so. The police kicked the bedroom door and arrested Rapp.