Dad caught on video beating daughter 'needs help'

November 3, 2011 - 3:05 AM
Videotaped Beating

Hillary Adams, daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, talks outside her mother's home in Portland, Texas Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. Adams says she feels some regret about posting online video of her father lashing her with a belt several years ago but that she hopes it forces him to get help. (AP Photo/Chris Sherman)

PORTLAND, Texas (AP) — Until last week, only a couple of close friends knew about the savage beating Hillary Adams received in 2004 from her father, a Texas judge who handles child abuse cases.

Now the beating is on YouTube thanks to a secret video she made when she was 16, and her father, William Adams, is being investigated by police.

More than 1 million people had viewed the 8-minute video by early Thursday. Hillary told The Associated Press that says she's received an outpouring of support and encouragement since posting the video last week.

But she says that's tempered by the sadness that it's her father lashing her 17 times with a belt and threatening to beat her "into submission."

The judge told KZTV on Wednesday that he was only disciplining his child.