St. Petersburg, FL (February 6, 2019) – Police have confirmed that a man identified as 29-year-old Joshua Smith was arrested after allegedly beating his 10-month-old daughter. Smith was enraged because his infant daughter would not stop crying.
An arrest affidavit stated that, after becoming angry at his daughter’s crying, Smith hit the child “very hard” on both her buttocks and thighs. Joshua Smith is a 6-feet-4 man who weighs approximately 250 pounds.
After Smith hit the child, he reportedly called his wife and confessed to her that he struck the baby. She raced home and immediately took the child to the hospital.
When deputies came to speak with the mother at the hospital and look at the child's injuries they noticed that her backside and thighs were bright red from the assault.
The St. Pete Police Department continues its investigation at this time.
Smith was arrested and charged with child abuse for the assault on his infant daughter.
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