TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Trinity Police Department arrested a 37-year-old man who allegedly slapped his 3-year-old son in the face and kicked him in the back on May 28. When they went to arrest him Tuesday, they found him hiding beside a camper trailer.
Oscar Hall Junior, of Trinity, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child. No information was available on his bail amount.
According to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Hall was in court on May 29 for two motion to revoke probation charges. After he was arrested, he bailed out of jail on May 30.
Wallace said right after Hall was released from the jail, a person came to the Trinity Police Department with an injury to a child complaint. A Trinity Police officer started the initial investigation at the East Texas Medical Center emergency room, where Hall's 3-year-old son was being treated.
During the medical exam, the officer heard the boy say that his father had slapped him in the face and kicked him in the back on the evening of May 28, the affidavit stated. The officer noticed bruising to the victim's face and body. The affidavit stated that the bruising to the boy's face was "consistent with finger or knuckle marks from a hand hitting the victim's face with force."
Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones interviewed Hall on May 30. In the recording of the interview, when Jones asked Hall about the slap marks on the boy's face, Hall allegedly said, "I did do that. It was an accident. I didn't mean to do it."
During the recorded interview, Hall said he backhanded his son and that it was his knuckles that caused the marks near the boy's left eye. Later, Hall said he hit his son because "it was a bad day" and that the boy was crying and would not behave, the affidavit stated. Hall also allegedly said he grabbed his son by the front of his shirt after he backhanded him.
The Trinity Police Department was planning to arrest Hall Tuesday. Wallace said Hall's girlfriend, Leah Yeley, called Jones and asked if they could wait until Friday for Hall to turn himself in, so they could get bail money.
Jones said no, and when the TPD chief went to the couple's house, Yeley said Hall had taken off down the street. However, Hall was found hiding next to a camper trailer.
Hall was arrested on the outstanding injury to a child warrant, and Yeley was arrested and charged with making a false report to police, a Class B misdemeanor. Yeley posted her bail and was released from the Trinity County Jail.