All because he tried to give the family dog a handy Texas mother, boyfriend accused of waterboarding her 13-year-old son and tying rope around his genitals BY David Boroff NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, February 18, 2016, 3:31 PM A Texas mother and her boyfriend are accused of waterboarding her 13-year-old son and tying a rope around his genitals. Christi Howell poured water over the boy's mouth and nose while Casey Shackleford held a towel over his face, Kaufman County investigators charge in an affidavit. The child was able to avoid the sensation of drowning by moving his head to the side, according to WFAA. The boy told investigators he was punished for admitting he touched the family dog in an inappropriate way. Shackleford, while trying to get an explanation, would slap the boy in the face if he broke eye contact, according to WFAA. Shackleford ordered Howell to get a "pig rope" and tie it to the boy's "private parts," according to the station. Howell "pulled on the rope as if she was trying to pull him around and off the couch," according to a warrant obtained by the station. Shackleford then commanded Howell to tie the rope around the boy's neck while it was still connected to his genitals, WFAA reported. Shackleford pushed him onto the couch, causing him pull the rope tighter, according to the report. The rope was tied to his genitals for "five to ten minutes," according to the station. The boy suffered cuts and burns from the rope. Police Handouts Christi Howell and Casey Shackleford are facing charges of felony injury to a child. The teen also said he had been been previously punished by Howell for not doing push-ups correctly. Howell "would hit him 20 to 30 times in the back, butt, and elbows with a stick," according to the station. Howell admitted she tied the rope around the teen, but said her beau "came up with the idea and told her to do it," according to the station. She also admitted she waterboarded her son. Waterboarding is a controversial interrogation technique that was banned by the U.S. in questioning terror suspects. Both Howell and Shackleford are facing charges of felony injury to a child.