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Crockett PD arrests man for allegedly slapping child for jumping on bed

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Vicente Davila (Source: Houston County Jail) Vicente Davila (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

Officers with he Crockett Police Department made a second arrest in injury to a child case Thursday night after it was discovered the suspect also physically hurt another of his children.

During a traffic stop for disregarding a stop sign Thursday night in the area of Clark and S. 10th street in Crockett, a police officer identified the driver as 24 year old Vicente Davila and learned he had an outstanding warrant injury to a child.

This was the second injury to a child charge for Davila.

According to Clayton Smith with Crockett Police, Davila slapped one of his children in the face after the young boy was caught jumping on the bed.

Officers arrested Davila 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.

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.

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