A Houston man allegedly beat his daughter and gave her a gun and knife and told her to kill herself according to the Houston Chronicle. The girl is 11 years old.
According to the complaint, the girl said Galvan hit her in the stomach, legs and buttocks with a belt. She also said he punched her in her right arm. She told investigators he handed her a black gun, which she thought was loaded, along with a knife that he told her to use if she really wanted to commit suicide.
The man was charged with Endangering a Child and Injury to a Child which are both felony offenses.
The case has garnered a lot of attention in the local media due to the alleged cruelty by the father of giving his daughter deadly weapons to kill herself. However, the charges are far from the most serious of felony offenses.
Endanger a Child is State Jail Felony and carries a punishment range of 180 days to 2 years in the State Jail. Injury to a Child is an offense that can be charged under different felony levels depending on the injury to the victim and the intent of the defendant.
In the present case the state has charged the man with a Third Degree Felony of Injury to a Child which would require the state to prove the man intentionally and knowingly caused bodily injury. A Third Degree Felony carries a range of punishment of 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
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