Crockett man accepts 4-year prison term for punching, body slamming daughter

Crockett man accepts 4-year prison term for punching, body slamming daughter

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 37-year-old Crockett man accepted a plea bargain deal of four years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for punching and body slamming his 13-year-old daughter in June of 2014 because she didn't follow his orders.

Jim Duane King, accepted the plea bargain on Monday. As part of the deal, he pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony injury to a child charge.

When King was arrested in June 2014, he was initially charged with third-degree felony injury to a child, a Class A misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, and a Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while license invalid with no insurance.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett Police officer was dispatched out to a residence in the 300 block of Glad Ave. at approximately 7:08 p.m. Thursday in reference to a physical disturbance. When the officer arrived in the area, he noticed a black Lincoln LSD sedan driving away from the 300 block of West Glad Ave.

Several witnesses told the officer that King had just driven away in a black Lincoln LSD.

The officer met with King's 13-year-old daughter, who was crying at the time. According to the affidavit, the officer noticed that the girl had a bloody lip, and she told him that she did not have it before her father assaulted her.

The girl told the officer that her father came home "drunk" and got on to about not following his orders, the affidavit stated. Then King allegedly started poking her in the face with his finger before he punched her in the face repeatedly.

According to the affidavit, the girl told the Crockett PD officer that she had tried to get her father off of her by punching and kicking him. She also pulled his hair.

"She also said that when she was getting punched in the face by her father, it did not cause pain, but as time went by, she stated that her face was hurting," the affidavit stated. "The child stated that her father also 'body slammed' her to the floor."

King eventually stopped when the other children in the house started calling for help, the affidavit stated. At that point, the girl's dad got into his car and left.

The adults at the house all stated that they were outside the back of the residence playing dominoes, so they didn't see the alleged assault. The girl's mother told the police officer that when she came into the home, she saw her husband on top of the girl. However, she said she didn't see him hitting the girl, the affidavit stated.

The officer spoke to the children, ages 6, 9, 12, and 13, who were in the living room when the alleged assault occurred. According to the affidavit, all of the children said King came inside and started assaulting the 13-year-old girl, and their stories were all "relatively consistent" with the victim's version of what happened.

While the officer was at the scene, the 6-year got his attention and pointed out the Lincoln driving by the residence. The CPD officer got back into his patrol car and tried to find the Lincoln. He returned to the house on Glad Ave. when his search proved fruitless.

The officer was still at the scene when King returned home in the black Lincoln. He allegedly pulled in front of the apartment to park "and forcibly struck a large concrete curb with the car's front tires."

When the officer went to talk to King, he noticed that he appeared extremely intoxicated. According to the affidavit, he had the odor of alcohol on him, and his speech was slurred. King also allegedly swayed as he walked and stood still.

King allegedly told the officer that he had drunk two or three 16-ounce beers earlier that day. According to the affidavit, King also rated himself at a 2 on a scale from 0 to 5 with 0 being completely sober and 5 being falling-down drunk. He also allegedly told the officer that he felt "buzzed" and that he wasn't good to be driving.

In addition, King said he did not punch or assault his daughter. He said his daughter grabbed him by the waist, so he pushed her off of him, the affidavit stated. King told the officer that his wrist watch might have hit his daughter's face when he pushed her.

King allegedly failed several field sobriety tests. When the officer did a driver's license status check, he found that the man's license was invalid. He also couldn't provide proof of insurance.

Before King was taken to the Houston County Jail, he was transported to East Texas Medical Center-Crockett for a blood sample.

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