Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman was awarded temporary custody of his 9-year-old grandson after an audio tape surfaced that recorded his son, Travis Mimms, beating little Travis Mimms Jr. The boy's mother, Barbara Katie Chapman, is Chapman's daughter and was killed in 2006 in a car accident.
A neighbor made the tape and called the police to report that Mimms was abusing his son. In the recording, you could him yelling at his son to "bend over" and then the child can be heard being hit 13 times. The boy was heard crying, "No more daddy, please."
Chapman said he was in LA at Gene Simmons' wedding when the tape was emailed to him -- and he was overcome with rage after he heard it. "It was overwhelming to me and I got mad -- I instantly thought, 'I can't wait to get my hands around [Mimms'] throat,' but then I am trained enough to know not to do that," he told ET.
Chapman, who stars on the reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter, said he was "shocked and heartbroken" to hear of the abuse. "I know Travis Sr. loves his son, and I know it's very difficult to be a single parent at such a young age, but I love my grandson and only want what's best for him," he said. "During the last phone call I had with my daughter, Barbara Katie, she said to me, "Please, daddy, take care of Travis Jr. Don't ever let anything happen to him."
"To hear the audiotape of my grandson being abused was torture," he continued. "We all hope and pray that Travis Sr. will be able to raise his son with the love and respect he deserves, because it's in everyone's best interest for them to have a proper father-son relationship."
Travis Sr. says didn't hit his son thirteen times, but he did hit the boy three times, "once for me, once for him and once for God."
Chapman and his wife, Beth Chapman, said they want Travis Sr. to get help and take parenting classes to break the cycle of abuse.
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