JUST IN: Man accused of smacking 2-year-old, hitting him with bottle, police say


A man who police say smacked his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in the face and hit him with a bottle on two separate occasions because he wouldn’t stop crying has been charged with injury to a child.

According to an arrest affidavit filed on Tuesday, Francisco Erardo Galindo, 27, was already in jail on a family violence charge when the new charge was filed.

The affidavit said Galindo’s girlfriend told police he had assaulted her and her son on New Year’s Eve at an apartment in the 1700 block of Rutland Drive in North Austin.

According to the report, the woman told police Galindo was frustrated because the boy wouldn’t stop crying, and he “insisted” that he hit him to get him to keep him quiet.

The mom tried to get the child to stop fussing, but he continued to cry. 

She stepped away from the boy to get something from a nearby sofa, and saw Galindo smack the child in the face with an open hand hard enough to leave a mark, the affidavit said.

“(The mother) stated she quickly grabbed her son and told (Galindo) she wanted to end their relationship,” the affidavit said.

The woman told police that Galindo then grabbed her by her hair and head-butted her before she ran off toward an alley and called her aunt to get her and the child.

As police were taking her report on Jan. 2, Galindo arrived and was arrested on the family violence charge.

The affidavit said Galindo told police he had argued with the woman, but denied that he assaulted her or the child.

After he was taken into custody, the woman told police he had hit the child with a bottle a few days before while they were all lying in bed together.

“(The woman) stated she told Galindo she was going to call the police and he threatened to hit her and (the child) with a frying pan,” the affidavit said.

Galindo is being held with a combined bail for the charges set at $35,000.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Community news: Austin to host regional spelling bee

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Austin to host regional Spelling Bee Austin will host the 2018 Regional Spelling Bee on March 25 at the Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. The event will feature 40 to 50 of the area’s top student spellers, grades four through eight, from Austin and Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis...
Police: Aggravated robbery reported at Texas State, suspect on loose
Police: Aggravated robbery reported at Texas State, suspect on loose

Texas State University police are asking for the public’s help locating a man who committed an aggravated robbery on campus Friday. Police said they received a report Sunday afternoon of the robbery that happened Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the breezeway of Building 7 at Bobcat Village. They described the robber as a man, approximately 6’2&rdquo...
Train that struck vehicle in Leander was ‘holiday tour,’ passenger says
Train that struck vehicle in Leander was ‘holiday tour,’ passenger says

9 p.m. update: A holiday sightseeing train was stalled Sunday when the locomotive carrying dozens of passengers, mostly kids, struck a vehicle that was attempting to cross the tracks in Leander, according to a passenger on board. Jeffrey Gipson, his wife and 4-year-old son boarded the “North Pole Flyer,” which is operated by the Austin...
Sheriff: Williamson County man dies while repairing vehicle Sunday
Sheriff: Williamson County man dies while repairing vehicle Sunday

A Florence man died Sunday while repairing his vehicle after a lift jack failed and caused fatal injuries, the Williamson County sheriff’s office said. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted about the man’s death Sunday night and said the sheriff’s office was investigating. Authorities expect to release more information Monday...
Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families
Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families

Jo-Ann Escamilla’s mom, Margarita Matias, is one of the people featured in this year’s Statesman Season for Caring campaign, but on Sunday, she was one of the cookie tin-carrying guests at the Driskill Hotel. For the third year, the Driskill held Cookies for Caring, a fundraiser for the Statesman’s annual giving campaign, and Escamilla...
More Stories