LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Livingston Police officers arrested a 22-year-old man for injury to a child Tuesday after he allegedly got into a verbal argument with his wife and bit and hit his 11-month-old daughter on June 12.
Todd Allen Witchey Jr., of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child with bodily injury. No bail has been set at this time.
Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said the incident occurred on June 12. Witchey went to pick up his wife at her job and they got into a verbal argument on their way to cash a check at the bank.
When the woman re-entered the vehicle, she saw that her daughter was crying and "very upset." Parrish said the woman allegedly found bite marks on the baby's head, and the couple resumed their argument on their way home to their residence on Highway 190 West.
Later, the wife examined her daughter in more detail. Parrish said she found slight bruising on the child's body.
Parrish said when LPD investigators interviewed Witchey, said that he had just been playing with his daughter, and that her injuries were accidental.
"Based on the severity of the child's injuries and the mother's statements, we sought an arrest warrant for Witchey," Parrish said.
Livingston PD officers arrested Witchey at his residence on Aug. 20, and he was transported to the Polk County Jail.