CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Crockett Police officers arrested a 24-year-old man for injury to a child on Sept. 26 for allegedly spanking his daughter hard enough to leave light bruises and slapping her in the face because she was unable to do her homework on Sept. 25.
Vicente Davila, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a felony injury to a child charge. No information was available on his bail amount.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched to Crockett Early Childhood on Sept. 26 in reference to an injury to a child. The principal of the school told the officer that the little girl's teacher noticed a red mark on the right side of her student's face.
When the teacher asked the little girl what had happened to her face, the child told her that her father had hit her in the face and also spanked her behind really hard two times. At that point, the school's staff contacted the girl's mother.
The mother told officials that she got off work at about 8 p.m. the night before. After she got home, she told her husband (Davila) to help the little girl with her homework. At about 9:30 p.m. the mother left their residence to go work out at the gym.
The woman told authorities that she found her daughter asleep in their bedroom and that she noticed the child breathing rapidly. She also noticed a red mark on her daughter's face.
When the mother asked Davila about the red mark, he allegedly told her that he had spanked the girl twice because she wasn't able to do her homework. According to the arrest affidavit, Davila told his wife the red mark on their daughter's face was because she had rubbed her eye when she was crying.
The next morning, the mother asked her daughter what had happened. She told authorities that her daughter told her that her father had spanked her really hard on the behind and hit her face.
The mother and the child were taken to the Crockett Police Department, so further information could be obtained. A Child Protective Services investigator was called in as well. The child recounted the same story to the CPS worker. Photos were taken of the little girl's injuries, and the CPS investigator who examined the girl in her mother's presence said the child had light purple bruises on her buttocks.
Davila was brought in later that day to respond to the allegations, and he was arrested a short time later.