A father in Montana was arrested after his daughter was found unaccompanied and told officers he beat her, authorities said.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on July 22, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in Lakeside from a parent who reported her children were playing with the unattended girl, the Daily Interlake reported.
Court documents obtained by the outlet state the child allegedly said to the parent she didn’t want to return home because “her daddy hits her.”
Deputies at the scene noted the child had two black eyes and she allegedly claimed her father stepped on her ankles, legs and stomach and slapped her within the past day, court documents state.
Deputies located the girl’s father, Tyeler Cole Dana, 25, at his home. He allegedly said he was sleeping when his daughter disappeared and claimed the child likely suffered her injuries after climbing out the window.
Dana was arrested for assault on a minor and was being held on $40,000 bond.
He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge.
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