Photo: Alejandro Galvan III gave his daughter, 11, a gun and said to kill herself
A Houston-area father who claimed he was “frustrated” when he gave his pre-teen daughter weapons to use to kill herself has been arrested.
Alejandro Galvan III, 29, of the south Houston neighborhood of Wilmington, was arrested after his 11-year-old daughter told detectives her father punched and beat her with a belt before giving her a gun and knife and telling her to commit suicide.
Police said Galvan eventually confessed to beating his daughter and said the gun was not loaded, and that he only gave her the knife and gun because he was “frustrated.”
The young girl said she was hit in the stomach, legs, and buttocks with the belt and punched her in the right arm.
Houston police determined that the daughter’s injuries were caused by punishment well beyond what is necessary for appropriate corporal punishment.
Friday, he was charged with felony injury to a child, and is scheduled to appear in court on November 1.
The girl was taken to the hospital when the injuries were discovered. She has since been released and Child Protective Services has placed her with her biological mother.
As of Tuesday, Galvan is still behind bars in lieu of a $5,000 bond.