MLB All-Star Indicted for Allegedly Beating Daughter, 14

Josh Hamilton has been free on bond since turning himself in in October
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2020 12:11 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2020 3:33 AM CDT
MLB All-Star Indicted for Allegedly Beating Daughter, 14
This undated file photo provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Fort Worth, Texas shows Josh Hamilton.   (Tarrant County Sheriff's Department via AP)

Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her. A Tarrant County grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bond after he turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 30. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of two to 10 years in prison, the AP reports. Hamilton's attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. His 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamilton’s ex-wife, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her. According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamilton’s daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30.

She says he threw a full water bottle overhand at her, hitting her in the chest, then cursed and shouted at her. He pulled away the chair on which she rested her feet and threw it, breaking the chair, she told detectives. It didn’t hit her, but he then grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair on which she sat, she says. She fell to the floor, and he allegedly lifted her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom. The girl said at this point she was telling Hamilton, “I’m sorry.” Upon reaching her bedroom door, he allegedly tossed the teen onto her bed, pressed her face onto the mattress, and began hitting her legs with an open hand and closed fist. She said that after he finished striking her, he told her, “I hope you go in front of the f---ing judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don’t have to see you anymore and you don’t have to come to my house again.” Hamilton has struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction in the past.

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