FREEPORT — A 49-year-old man faces a felony child abuse charge after he pushed his teenage daughter down in order to “get her out of my (expletive) face.”
Deputies responded to a 911 call on Feb. 1 after a 17-year-old girl called to say her father had “assaulted her,” according to an arrest report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. She abruptly hung up on the 911 operator saying her father had come out of his room.
When deputies arrived to the home, the girl came running from the front door crying and asking the deputies to help her, saying “Please don’t let him get me.” She ran past the deputies and hid behind one of their patrol vehicles.
Her father then came out of the house yelling obscenities at law enforcement. He told one of the deputies to leave his property unless he had a warrant. The man then became “aggressive” and had to be detained.
He told authorities first that he had pushed his daughter to get her out of his face and she walked away. Later, he admitted that he pushed her and caused her to fall down. When asked why he pushed his daughter, he said, “To get her out of my (expletive) face.”
The 17-year-old girl said she and her father had not been getting along, and she told him she wanted to leave him and live with her mother. He became angry, she said, and pushed her with both of his hands in her neck, causing her to fall over a table and strike her head against a wall. Deputies observed an injury to her head.
The man was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.