A 39-year-old Florida man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse for allegedly slapping his 14-year-old daughter after brandishing a gun at a 16-year-old boy he caught in her room.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Timothy Estes was arrested on Tuesday after being called to his DeLand home. The unidentified boy was standing 500 feet away from the home when authorities arrived.
The boy told police that Estes found him inside the girl’s bedroom closet, where he said he was charging a cell phone, pointed his gun at him, then pressed the gun on the back of his head while leading him out of the house. Estes was also quoted as telling the boy, “You’re lucky I don’t kill you. Next time I see you I am going to kill you.”
The girl told police she invited the boy into the home, but Estes said he grabbed his gun out of fear for his safety after finding what he described as a man in the closet.
After leading the boy out, Estes then allegedly returned to his daughter’s room, slapped her, then ordered her to do squats while holding a pencil in her index fingers, as well as push-ups. He also allegedly threatened to beat her if she dropped the pencil or did not perform the push-ups correctly.
Police records state that Estes told authorities he slapped the girl because “with a 14-year-old you only need to do a little to get the point across.” He is currently being held without bail.
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