Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman spoke out for the first time about the alleged beating of his grandson, “Little” Travis by his father Travis Mimms. Chapman told “Entertainment Tonight” that the incident, which was recorded on audio tape, took place after “Little” Travis told his classmates at school that his father, 6-foot-9-inch tall Travis Senior, was beating him.
“I was in LA at Gene Simmons’ wedding and I got the tape emailed to me,” Chapman told “ET’s” Chris Jacobs.”It was overwhelming to me and I got mad. I instantly thought, I can’t wait to get my hands around ‘Big’ Travis’ throat but then I am trained enough to know not to do that.”
“Little” Travis is the only child of Chapman’s daughter Barbara, who died in a car accident when the boy was four. The boy’s father has denied abusing his son, stating that “I spanked [‘Little’ Travis] 3 times. I’ve said it from day one… one’s for me, one’s for God, one’s for him.”
Chapman said that he hunted down his own son-in-law to resolve the situation, and went through government channels to have “Little” Travis taken from “Big” Travis. Chapman has since been awarded temporary custody of the 9-year-old boy.
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“The school had told [“Big”] Travis ‘your son is telling his friends he’s getting beat!’ So because the teacher went to the parent- the abuser- and said, ‘hey there’s rumors you’re beating your kid,’ he went home and did exactly that,” he said.
“Dog The Bounty Hunter” returns to A&E on Wednesday, December 14 at 9PM/8PM Central.