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If He Hit a Kid, He Is "The Biggest Loser"

11/3/2008 4:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anthony Badalamenti -- who was a personal trainer for one of the contestants on season 4 of "The Biggest Loser" -- was arrested Friday night for allegedly beating his girlfriend's six-year-old son with a weightlifting belt.
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Cops say the kid suffered multiple lacerations and bruises on his right hand, right leg and buttocks. Anthony's landlord called the cops after hearing the kid "pleading for mercy," according to Newsday.com.

Badalamenti and Jessica Muniz -- his live-in girlfriend and mother of the child -- were arraigned by the First District Court in Hempstead, NY on charges of second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. Cops tells us the GF allegedly took part in beating.

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CHICAGO woman    

jan why do you have to be cruel btw i drink a lot of water also and i may be 53 but i look 33 i been told i look like halle berry

2178 days ago
62.

Ed U Kator    

Jan Twitter are really a trainer? Just because you go to the gym with your buds and teach them how to do the exercises doesn't make you a trainer. If you've ever watched the show you'd know that the contestants are at least over 60lbs and some are over 100+lbs over their ideal weight. If you were a trainer you would know that the more you weigh the greater the weight loss is in the beginning. Also if you have watched the show you would notice that the contestants tend to plateau the further they go.

2178 days ago
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Msdana    

I don't know. Some parents believe in spanking and some don't. This may have just been a good old fashion spanking, and not child abuse.

2178 days ago
64.

L    

A mother bear wouldn't let anything/anyone harm her cubs. Sometimes I think animals are smarter than
humans are. She'll be back with him - trust. "But I love him..." She should be made to have her tubes tied.

2178 days ago
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CHICAGO woman    

no 55 a size ten is not fat okay and who ask for your damn comments jack ass

2178 days ago
66.

QE2    

It's called drugs, people. Drug abuse and child abuse like this go together like white on rice. They even look out of it in the photos to me.....

2178 days ago
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sandman    

Corporal punishment is still legal in 21 States. New York the 8th state to outlaw it 23-Years ago. Pacifism and Bleeding Heart Liberals keep force-feeding us the message that kids who get paddled or spanked in school will grow up to be drunks/bank robbers/prostitutes/whatever ills that plague society, aren’t kidding me! So to you pacifists out there keep giving your brats “time-outs” and one day YOUR tikes will end up with criminal records for your lack of enforcing a REAL price to be paid for mischief. Too many criminals for lack of discipline these days! Spare the rod spoil the child. Smack em whip em whatever you have to do to set them straight. DO IT!

2178 days ago
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Megan P.    

I have been a social worker for almost a decade, working in child welfare with abused children. Bless the landlord for stepping up and calling for help on behalf of this helpless kid. I sincerely hope that this child will be placed in a safe place. Personally, I would be hesitant about returning the child to mom, even if she moved out from living with this guy. If she did not protect him from harm once, she will likely not protect him from harm in the future.

2178 days ago
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Good for them!    

100% Agreed Sandman.

Beating a kid beyond discipline is wrong.

Discipline a kid with a beating is RIGHT.

2178 days ago
70.

steady    

I have been hit with one of those. I was 11 and it didn't feel good. It was the early 90's so cops never came.

2178 days ago
71.

Bash a Pap    

#4 said:
"Pretty sad when a belt whooping makes the news"

The child was bleeding and begging for mercy. And you think that's OK? You think it is OK to beat a child with a heavy leather weightlifting belt -- complete with metal attachments?

You are sick.

2178 days ago
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CHICAGO woman    

ed jan ritter is a jack ass who insulted ne calling me a rhino cause i weight 159 pounds and i'm 5'6 and wear a size 10 i told him i walk 2 houes a day 6 days a week and i do sweat and he calls me names my question was how come i'm not losing weiht and i'm not gaining weight my clothes fit looser also btw if anyone here could give me advice i will appreciate it

2178 days ago
73.

YIKES    

Wow...what a big man... he can beat up a child with a belt. What a freaking loser!!! Shame on the low life Mom for being part of it!! Also a LOSER!! Hope they rot in jail for a long time. Freaking IDIOTS!!!!

2178 days ago
74.

Elvis    

They should both be sterilized.

2178 days ago
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Black Power    

Hey give me a break. That Jan girl/guy has some nerve calling you out. She's probably a nobody herself and felt like she needed to Put her bad vibes on someone else. Some people work out to make themselves look good, but no matter how good they look, they still are ugly inside. Just be yourself and don't worry about some idiot who has nothing better to do than call other people names.

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