PALM COAST — Flagler County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Palm Coast man Saturday after his 5-year-old daughter told them that he slapped her and pushed her out of her high chair.
Thomas Francis Myers, 36, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and one felony count of child abuse. He remained jailed on $4,500 bail Monday.
The child’s mother, a 35-year-old Palm Coast woman, was distraught when deputies arrived to the scene. She told officers she was entertaining friends at her house when Myers started to "go crazy."
She said she was standing on the front porch when she heard her daughter screaming from inside the home. She claimed she grabbed the child and they locked themselves in a bathroom. That’s when the girl told her mother that Myers pushed her out of her high chair.
Officers interviewed the child, who said Myers slapped her "so hard" on her head. She told deputies that as he hit her, "he said he was actually going to try to kill me with his hands," according to the report. Myers then pushed the girl, which caused the high chair she was sitting in to tip over, she said. The fall caused the girl to hit her head on the ground, but deputies indicated she showed no visible head injuries.
Myers told deputies the argument began because his 2-year-old daughter needed her diaper changed. He denied hitting the mother or any of the children during the altercation, according to the report.