ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 27-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he came home one night in August and spanked his girlfriend's daughters with a wooden paddle after he found them playing with knives.
Nicholas Darwin Basey, of Pollok, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two third-degree felony reckless injury to a child causing serious bodily injury charges, and a third-degree motion to revoke probation for retaliation charge. No bail amounts have been set for his charges.
According to the complaint written by a detective with the Diboll Police Department, he assisted with a Child Protective Services investigation done on a home in the 300 block of Avalon Street on Aug. 15. The DPD detective went into the home and spoke to the children's mother, Basey's girlfriend, while the CPS investigator checked on the children.
The complaint stated that there were three children in the home - a young boy and two girls, ages 3 and 2. When the child with the possible injuries wouldn't let the CPS investigator look at her, the Diboll PD detective stepped outside, so they could have some privacy.
Moments later, the CPS worker stepped outside and said they needed to go to the emergency room. When they went back inside, the CPS investigator asked Basey's girlfriend who had injured one of the little girls. The woman told them it was Basey, the complaint stated.
While the Diboll PD detective and the CPS investigator were inside the home, a man approached, and it turned out to be Basey. After the detective explained who they were, Basey allegedly said he knew why they were there.
Basey said a speech therapist had told him she would have to report the injuries that one girl had suffered, the complaint stated. He also allegedly said that he left bruises on the children's bottoms when he "whooped them," but he did not mean to leave any.
"[Basey] also mentioned they were playing with knives and things they should not have," the complaint stated.
Basey came to the Diboll Police Department the next day to speak to the DPD detective on the case. When the detective asked him to explain how the two children ended up with bruises on their bottoms, Basey said it happened on Aug. 12, the complaint stated.
According to the complaint, Basey said he had been at a friend's house playing video games that day. When he got back home around 3 or 3:30 p.m., his girlfriend was "knocked out asleep." Basey noticed that there was a knife on the girl's bed, and he also realized that the youngest child had "super glued" her hand, the complaint stated. Basey told the DPD detective there was another knife in the girls' room as well, the complaint stated.
At that point, Basey started yelling at the children, the complaint stated. He allegedly laid the two alleged victims over the bed and "whooped them five to six times each" with a wooden paddle.