The teen claimed her father was upset because she came home from school with someone her family dislikes, and that she was late for class, according to the Star Tribune, citing the child-protection filings. She said Underwood made her put on shorts and locked her in a bedroom. He then cut a branch off a tree and "hit her approximately 30 times with both a switch and a belt."
Underwood admitted to police that he did “whoop” his daughter, according to the complaint. Underwood allegedly also told authorities he believed he had “every right” to hit his daughter, the newspaper reported.
Police found a belt and tree branch matching the teen's description in the home and arrested Underwood, WCCO reported.
If convicted of the malicious punishment charge, Underwood could face up to a year in prison and/or a fine of $3,000, the television station reported.