Hinton Man Accused Of Torturing Girlfriend's Toddler

Thursday, June 6th 2013, 7:23 pm
By: News 9

A Hinton man is accused of torturing his girlfriend's toddler.

The district attorney calls it one of the most horrific child abuse cases in Caddo County. The toddler was punched, kicked, and beaten in several different ways. Court records show the 3-year-old was also tortured for hours.

In the state's case against Robert Seyler quotes from the 3-year-old stand out from the rest, "Daddy hit me with a belt and shocked me with a dog collar."

The little girl shared her story of abuse with investigators and Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks.

"This is something this child will suffer with for the rest of her life," Hicks said.

Hicks explained Seyler is also accused of forcing the child to hold a backpack with a heavy speaker in the back of it for over an hour around 4 a.m. Hicks says the little girl also had bruises from being punched, kicked, and hit.

The injuries sent the 3-year-old to the hospital, but not until Seyler got caught in the act.

"The mother came in and saw her child being abused by this man," Hicks said.

Hicks was referring to court records that explain how the mother tried to stop Seyler from torturing the little girl, but Seyler became more violent and threatened to kill them both. Hicks said the mother was scared for her daughter and for herself and immediately called police when Seyler left the house.

Seyler initially tried to pin the abuse on the mother, but investigators found out this is not Seyler's first child abuse complaint. Seyler is now behind bars and Hicks said he plans to keep it that way.

"We are going to see to it that this man stays in prison as long as we can put him there," said Hicks.

Seyler is being held in Caddo County Jail on a $500,000 bond.