Okay, this is more than just a little disturbing.
California official accused of hitting boy with belt when he drops ball - U.S. News
In my opinion, this step-father should be in jail for his actions. Regardless of the child's behaviour, to spank a child with a belt for almost 7 minutes is unconscionable. As a child I was spanked when I was bad, but never, ever, was I subjected to the kind of beating that this child was made to endure. I think the step-father is extremely lucky that there were no marks left on the child as a result of the beating.