Former American League MVP Josh Hamilton was charged with a third-degree crime for child injury by a large Texas jury.
The former Texas Rangers star reported to the authorities on October 30 and pleaded not guilty a day later after his 14-year-old daughter accused him of beating her. He was indicted on Monday by a grand jury in Tarrant County.
The 38-year-old was released on bail of $ 35,000 and faces a prison sentence of between two and ten years if convicted. The trial has been postponed because Texas’s coronavirus pandemic hearings will be suspended until May 11 at the earliest.
According to an affidavit by a detective from the Keller Police Department, Hamilton’s daughter reported that the incident happened on September 30 when he got angry at a comment she made.
The five-time MLB all-star selection reportedly began to berate and yell at his daughter before going for a full bottle of water that hit the girl in the chest. The girl said Hamilton had smashed the seat she was resting on before lifting her from the chair she was sitting on. When she fell to the floor, Hamilton picked her up and carried her to her bedroom.
Despite her apology, Hamilton reportedly started beating his daughter̵
“I hope you go before the damn judge and tell him what a terrible father I am so I don’t have to see you and you don’t have to come home to me,” he said, according to NBC Dallas Forth Worth .
According to the Forth Worth Star telegramThe alleged incident happened at Hamilton’s home in Keller, Texas, just two days after it was introduced as one of the greatest rangers in the Globe Life Park era when the rangers played their last game at the stadium.
The teenager told her mother – Hamilton’s ex-wife – about the incident, which has since requested an injunction on her daughter’s behalf. The teenager is the oldest of Hamilton’s three daughters.
Hamilton’s ex-wife and former Texas Rangers player shared custody of their three daughters at the time of the incident, but the court later prohibited him from contacting them after contacting the authorities.
At the end of last year the order was changed so that Hamilton could meet her, but only in the presence of an adult as a manager.
A complicated private life made repeated headlines during Hamilton’s career when the outfielder, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, suffered numerous relapses.