Pasadena police probe possible boot camp abuses

October 28, 2011 - 12:50 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities are investigating allegations that children were verbally abused and forced to drink water until they vomited at a youth "boot camp."

Pasadena police Cmdr. Darryl Qualls tells the Pasadena Star-News (http://bit.ly/sWDU95 ) that detectives will question Kelvin McFarland, who they say is in the videos.

McFarland runs Family First Growth Camp in Pasadena, which uses tough-love and military-style discipline tactics. He already faces child abuse charges in another case involving a 14-year-old girl.

The Star-News this week published video clips it said were made at least two years ago. On one, McFarland known as "Sgt. Mac," and other instructors scream at a boy who has a truck tire around his neck. The boy falls to the ground in tears.

In the other video, McFarland encourages children to drink water to the point of vomiting.

McFarland denied being in the videos.