ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Roseville man is accused of whipping his two children for changing the TV channel from a Christian station.

A criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County says Stanley Ogbonna admitted grabbing a cord and striking his 10-year-old daughter in the head and neck. The man’s 8-year-old son told an investigator his father beat him nearly every day.

Ogbonna is charged with malicious punishment of a child.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says examinations at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul showed marks on both children.

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Comments (45)
  1. Don_J says:

    …he could have just sent them outside to play and got the same effect… legally.

  2. Tim says:

    Just one more religious fanatic!

    1. Tired of the relgious nut cases says:

      Recently there was a news item about a minister and his congregation (mainly his family) in Wisconsin that were charged in beating their children, including infants. Their defense was that the bible said they could. No report on if the wives were also beaten. Seems to be a lot of nut cases that claim God okay-ed whatever they decide to do; disrupt funerals, kill doctors, burn other religions holy books, deny family members medical care, cage their kids in the basement etc.

      And these are probably the good Christens who claim other religions are violent. The people who are violent are the nut cases that read/interrupt what they want. There are mentally challenged people in all situations, but some just unfortunately seem to float the the top of the pile and cause damage to others.

      The children should be taken away, not returned. Let a normal person adopt them.

      1. Arnie says:

        Just because this man claimed to be a Christian does not make him a True Christian.

        1. markH says:

          And just what constitutes a “true Christian”? Ask any Christian and and you will get as many different answers as there are Christians. Indeed, Christians often say their god is a personal god, so good luck in getting a straight answer. No, people who behave like those in the story are indeed following biblical mandates to “spare the rod or spoil the child” and other such nonsense. These are not religious extremists, they are simply following the foundational texts of their respective faith. Once people decide to actually think for themselves and genuinely care about the welfare and happiness of those around them, without the ridiculous idea that they are following the will of some unseen, unproven, unfalsifiable entity out there will our civilization flourish. Peace.

          1. Ben says:

            Well said, sir!

    2. Kourt says:

      since when is whipping your children a crime? i was whipped as a kid! (not beaten- whipped) its dicipline! now if the father was beatting them on a really basis that’s one thing but a whooping is not malicious punishment of a child! just saying!

  3. saddened says:

    he should be put in a room and whipped every day so his kids can watch.i feel sorry for the kids but question where the mom was. Was he beating her as well?

    1. Michelle says:

      I say let the kids have a whack at him for a bit.

    2. Ed says:

      And you think that would help teach the kids to break this cycle of violence?

  4. Jon says:

    Sometimes people need a good whipping but not for this.

    1. mom says:

      I have 5 children ages 14 to 2 and I have never once had to whip any of them or for that matter spank them. No child deserves to be whipped as you say for any reason. My kids are well behaved and well respectful towards each other and adults. My kids are far from perfect but my husband and I have learned there are ways to get your point across to your child with out raising a hand to them. Sometimes taking things away from them is more effect than spanking them

  5. Samantha Villagomez says:

    gee im beging to belive all these horrible facts about parents who are being exposed when they go over the edege.Corpral punishment is good for ocasional but ritual whippings is sadistic.The kids will pass this on to ther mate and ther kids

  6. Jake says:

    I think it’s comical that we receive the tidbit about the station he wanted to watch being “Christian” as though there is some point to be taken from it. To be consistent, would it be helpful to know that a drive-by shooting occurred while someone was listening to hip hop, or somebody got into a fight while listening to heavy metal, or committed sexual abuse while watching porn, etc.

    The mere fact that it was a Christian station only tends to vilify Christianity. Did the Christian station provide guidance to the father to whip his children or otherwise contribute to the alleged abusive behavior? Otherwise, that fact is just another round fired in what is pretty much an open season on the majority religion. Moreover, I am inclined to believe there are far more incidents arising over demands to watch “Jersey Shore” than the “700 Club.”

    1. Superchik1017 says:

      No, the Christian station did not provide the guidance to the father to whip his children. According to the father, the bible did that. It was relevant to add that tidbit because the man is a sadistic religous nut.

      1. Jake says:

        @Superchik (We’ll take your word for it) The article doesn’t state that the man referred to the bible. If that’s true and if it was his motivation, it might be relevant, but that wasn’t reported.

  7. rhysbecker says:

    the kids should get a few whacks at this creep and then prosecute him and then take his parents rights away from him for raising children. If he gets off easy we all will we hearing about this story again

  8. do not care says:

    somone whip his ” ” a s”

  9. M. says:

    I’m with Jake: Does it really matter what he was watching?

    1. GOP hoe down says:

      he might have an argument if he was watching porn and the kids switched it on him ….. since they know that’s a no-no

      so it may matter 😉

  10. Nate says:

    Mentioning that the channel was a “Christian” station was a thinly veiled jab at Christianity, if no one else caught that. It almost made me laugh out loud in disbelief when i noted that the reporter felt the need to include that tid bit.

    Maybe it wouldn’t seem a bit asinine to report that if it was common practice to report the shows criminals were watching when committing illegal acts.

    Thank you WCCO for for some more left leaning reporting.


    1. Robert says:

      Why would you consider it a jab at Christianity? It just happened to be a fact. If it was Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, or MTV … would it be a jab at one of them? It’s not a personal jab against Christians. Don’t over-react.

      1. Superchik1017 says:

        Thank you, Robert! Whipping a child for changing the channel, regardless of what the channel is, is wrong.

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      Is watching a Christian TV program worse than what we see happen to kids when mom or dad is smoking crack or using meth?

    3. Betsy Ray says:

      Yes, what he was watching is relevant. First, because any good reporter is going to look at his story and ask himself “what question is left unanswered?” — and if I’d heard this story without mention of what he was watching, one of the first questions that would have popped into my head would have been “what the heck was he watching that was so danged important?!” Secondly, it is relevant due to the sheer irony — just like reports of the family who’s television was swept away by a tornado while they were watching “Twister”. All the stations reported that at the time, and it wasn’t a jab at storm chasers. It was an ironic, human-interest twist to an otherwise sad and tragic story.

  11. KH says:

    Ok, I think this is completely wrong for a father to do to his children, but don’t you people see how this story is trying to do two thing? One, to report the facts of this mans stupidity when it comes to disciplining his chidren. Two, to get your ire up about Christians.
    If this man had been watching WCCO news, would they have mentioned it? How about if he was watching DWTS?

    NATE: I agree with you with all your points except the part about it being “thinky” veiled. There is nothing thin about this.

  12. Nate says:


    It’s a jab when the media makes it a point to mention something they normally do not feel the need to mention. Normally they would have said “…for changing the channel…” and left it at that. Do you think if he was watching WCCO news that they would have pointed that out? No.

    If you can tell me exactly when it was that news stations made it their practice to report the tv channel, radio station, or internet site someone was watching, listening to, or looking at when they committed a crime, then I’ll listen to you.


    1. William says:

      If the reason was because the children were turning off a specific channel, then yes, it would be necessary/pertinent information.

      I don’t know why this is so sensitive to you. It doesn’t change the fact that it was a Christian channel. It’s as if your arguing to change the facts of the story.

  13. Nate says:

    And if you don’t see what they’re doing here, simply take a look at comment #3, from

    “Tired of the relgious nut cases”

  14. Tania needs a sermon says:

    In the name of God ……………..

  15. TW says:

    And if he was watching Al Jeezerah??? No one would have said a word for fear of stirring up the snake nest in Afghanistan again. As sad as it is that this is a parent with anger problems and lack of perspective on raising his kids this is in no way a pattern that is unique to christians. People of all faiths do things that make neutral observers shake their heads.

  16. Jesop says:

    Prison for life. No place for this kind of cruelty in our society. He had his chance at freedom and blew it. No it is time to get rid of him.

    1. TW says:

      Wow, really? You would give a life sentence for him whipping his kids? Where would you build all the prisons that your world would need? As rotten as his actions were what do you do with those who do other things that we would say are worse? You sound like a person who must never do anything you regret. Or would you admit that you have ever lost your temper and done something mean because of it?

  17. Jesop says:

    Frankly it doesn’t matter whether they switched the channel, or left their clothes on the floor. The reaction of beating them with a cord does not fit any situation. That sort of anger mismanagement needs to be weeded out of society and disposed of in our correctional facilities where like-minded individuals can beat on each other all day out of the way of innocent folks.

  18. TP says:

    Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car <

  19. Kathi says:

    What this man did was horribly wrong. But I can’t bbelieve all the people who seem to think that more violence (from the kids and others) would be justified. Those kids have been traumatized, no doubt. But evidence shows that children still really love their abusive parents. For them to watch or hear or perpetrate violent acts against their father would only traumatize them more. I don’t claim to know the right way to handle this situation, but certainly more violence is NOT the answeer.

    1. The Trend says:

      The kids probably preferred the beatings to having to sit through that Mac Hammond-esque drivel

  20. Reasonable says:

    Why is it that the predominant religion in the US always feels so persecuted when anything negative is mentioned about them in the media? You’re not all perfect, bummer.

  21. The Trend says:

    Wait a minute….he beat them for changing the channel FROM a christian station?

  22. nate says:

    Reasonable –

    I wouldn’t say so much “persecuted” as annoyed.

    If you want to read about real persecution, sites like this put things like this in perspective

    1. TW says:

      Good point Nate. There is real persecution and then there is negative pressure. What is happening here in the media and public chatter is just negative pressure except for a few cases. Why doesn’t the media cover these topics? Instead it points out cases like the burning of a holy book by a pastor and we should feel that when a mob goes crazy with hate in central Asia that the pastor was to blame. Does the fact that there is so much rage over such an isolated event not give one a reason to wonder if there isn’t a deeper meaning why? Burn my holy book and I would still love the burners.

  23. nate says:


    You said, “Burn my holy book and I would still love the burners.”

    Awesome quote. I love it!

  24. connie says:

    Lock these people up that treat their children like this. Maybe the state should should have the right to do the same to him, in front of his children. There is a big difference between spanking your child and abusing your child.

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