ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Huntington man accused of choking a three-year-old girl whom he was babysitting.
Matthew Lightfoot, 18, is charged with third-degree injury to a child.
According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy responded to Lufkin Memorial Hospital on Sept. 24, after the girl's mother reported Lightfoot had choked the girl while she was at work that day.
The deputy spoke with the mother, who said she called Lightfoot and asked if he could watch her three children. He agreed and went to the house.
When the mother came home, she noticed markings on the girl's throat and asked her how she got them. She said Lightfoot had choked her.
The mother then took the girl to the hospital to be checked and doctors confirmed she had been choked, as she had contusions to her throat and marks on her face which doctors said were caused by her being choked.
The girl then interviewed at Harold's House, along with her sister. They said Lightfoot choked the girl because the girl would not stop playing with a certain toy motorcycle.
The investigator spoke to Lightfoot and he denied choking the girl and said he saw the children play and the older sister choked the girl with a belt while they were pretending she was a dog.
The investigator obtained a warrant for Lightfoot's arrest on Oct. 10 and he was arrested on Thursday. His bail has not yet been set, as of 1:15 p.m. Friday.