A Texas grand jury indicted a man Thursday who is accused of punching an 8-year-old girl during a domestic dispute.
Zachary Cole Dalrymple, 32, was indicted in Parker County on a charge of injury to a child and reckless bodily injury.
Police officers responded to a residence near Azle, Texas around 5 p.m. on Feb. 17, where a woman told deputies that her husband, Dalrymple, punched her in the face with his fist multiple times and struck her daughter, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl told a deputy that Dalrymple was hitting her mother and she wanted to protect the woman, so she jumped between them, according to the deputy’s statement.
The child said Dalrymple then punched her in the stomach, causing her pain, according to the statement she gave the deputy.
The girl’s mother told the deputy that the girl doubled over and cried, according to the statement. The officer also noted the mother had bruising on her face.
Both the mother and daughter were evaluated by medics.
Dalrymple, according to the officer’s report, declined to say what happened when officers attempted to question him. He was arrested on charges of assault causing bodily injury to a family member and injury to a child.
Dalrymple was released from the Parker County jail on bond on Feb. 20.
Coyne writes for The Weatherford (Tx.) Democrat