LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Livingston Police Department arrested a 34-year-old man Thursday in connection to allegations he entered a home without permission, dragged his 13-year-old daughter out of bed, punched her, and choked her.
The girl suffered broken bones in her face and a fractured vertebra, according to the arrest affidavit.
Robert William Mitcham, of Colmesneil, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on two felony charges aggravated assault of a family member and burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $50,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, Livingston PD officers were dispatched out to an assault in progress. While they were on their way, they were told that a father had punched his daughter and was choking her.
When the LPD sergeant arrived at the scene, he found Mitcham forcefully holding his daughter on the floor as she cried hysterically for help, the affidavit stated. After the two were separated, officers interviewed both of them.
Matcham's daughter told police that her dad had pulled her out of bed and punched her in the face, stating that she was going home with him.
When the girl refused, Mitcham allegedly grabbed her around the neck and held her against the wall. The victim told police that she couldn't breath and that she almost passed out, the affidavit stated.
Mitcham allegedly held her on the floor until the police arrived.
The Livingston PD sergeant noticed redness and minor swelling on the left side of the victim's face, along with redness on her lower neck, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Mitcham does not live at the home, and he entered the house unannounced without permission.