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Police say man hit 3-year-old

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A Cornbrook Addition resident was taken to jail after an off-duty police officer said he repeatedly struck his 3-year-old daughter in public.

Dustin A. Cox, 25, of 4060 N. County Road 150W, was arrested on a charge of battery resulting in injuries to a victim under 14 years of age, a Class D felony.

The incident took place Friday in the parking lot outside the Best Buy store at 1343 N. National Road.

Columbus Police Sgt. Morgan Horner had just walked out of the electronics store at 4:45 p.m. when he saw a man striking a little girl multiple times in a parked vehicle, according to a police department media release.

Fearing for the child’s safety, Horner intervened and told the man to stop hitting her. The man replied he was disciplining his daughter because she had been throwing a fit and would not stop, the release stated.

Based on the off-duty officer’s observations and signs of minor injuries to the child, the man was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, the release said.

The little girl did not require medical attention and was turned over to the care of her mother, who was at the scene, the release said. However, police have contacted Child Protective Services regarding the incident.

Bond for Cox was set at $10,000 surety or $1,000 cash. He was released from jail Sunday following a 48-hour hold, according to a jail spokeswoman.

If convicted on the arrest charge, Cox could receive six months to three years in jail and be fined up to $10,000.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

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