Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dad charged with felony child abuse in beating of 4-year-old daughter (Phoenix, Arizona)

The dad is identified as ANTHONY HERNANDEZ. Notice that there is no mention of the girl's mother anywhere. Single dad? Custodial/visitation situation?

Phoenix dad suspected of beating child with hanger

Posted: Dec 30, 2014 2:39 PM EST Updated: Dec 30, 2014 2:48 PM EST
By Steve Stout

PHOENIX (CBS5) - A 28-year-old Phoenix father is accused of using a coat hanger to discipline his 4-year-old daughter.

Anthony Hernandez was arrested just before noon Monday and charged with three counts of felony child abuse after police said Hernandez admitted using the hanger as a tool of discipline.

The girl's grandmother originally found marks and bruises on the girls' body that appeared to have been made by a hanger, according to a Phoenix police officer's probable cause statement.

Additional cuts and bruises were evident in pictures supplied to police by the grandmother, according to the statement.

The girl told her grandmother her father had inflicted the injuries and later told police that her older sister had seen the beating, according to the statement.

Hernandez was arrested in Scottsdale and taken to the Phoenix Police Department, where he was questioned and booked into jail.