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.


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