Father accused of hitting girl, 4, with beltApril 2, 2013 @ 10:29 pm
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Pierce County, Wash., man accused of hitting his 4-year-old daughter multiple times with a belt after she refused to eat her dinner has been charged with second-degree child assault.
The News Tribune says 37-year-old Marcellus White of Bonney Lake pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Prosecutors allege he put the child in a cold bath for about a half hour Sunday to make the injuries less visible.
The girl's mother took her to Bonney Lake police on Monday and showed officers the welts on the child's left arm. She was taken to a hospital.
Prosecutors say White followed the mother and daughter to the police station and was booked into jail. Bail was set at $150,000.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Twelve Seattle police officers will begin using new body-worn cameras next week
Week in Photos
Penguins, cheetahs and Santa make it in this week's photos
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.