James Kidwell (criminal abuse suspect) 1-29-19

James Kidwell (Source: Rockcastle County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky dad is charged with criminal abuse after police say he forced his children to do push-ups for 30 minutes straight for breaking house rules and talking back.

According to a report by WKYT, the alleged crimes took place from Jan. 24-28.

A report written by Mount Vernon Police states that James Kidwell forced his 11-year-old and 13-year-old to do the strenuous exercises. One of the children had rug burns as a result of the push-ups.

The father is also accused of making the two eat soap, and one had a sore in his mouth because of the soap. One of the children also had a bruise on his chest where police say Kidwell punched the child.

Police say Kidwell would also make them stand two steps away from a wall and lean into it with their foreheads for up to 30 minutes.

Kidwell was arrested Monday and charged with criminal abuse. His bond was set at $10,000.

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