By Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 39-year-old Montana man who police say spanked his 11-year-old daughter with a paddle has been charged with felony assault with a weapon and felony tampering with evidence.

The Independent Record in a story on Saturday reports ( the man was taken into custody Thursday.

Authorities say the man and his wife adopted the girl on Jan. 9, and that the girl suffers from a history of physical and sexual abuse.

The man told police the girl misbehaved at a party so he decided to take her home. He says she started hitting and kicking him.

Police say the man admitted holding the girl down and spanking her 10 times.

The girl told her therapist about the beating. A medical exam found bruising on both sides of her buttocks and on her left ribs.


Information from: Independent Record,

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