A Houston man was charged with injuring his 14-year-old daughter out of anger that she chose a Black friend to be her dance partner for a traditional Mexican event, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
Police said 37-year-old Aaron Aranza attacked his daughter on April 11 during a rehearsal party for her upcoming quinceañera, an event celebrating girls’ 15th birthdays that typically features a spotlight dance between the honoree and a partner. The rehearsal was held at her maternal grandmother’s house.
After finding out that the girl chose her friend, a 15-year-old Black boy, to dance with her at the event, Aranza allegedly told guests it was canceled before pushing the boy and using a racist slur against him, stating, “I don’t care that you are a kid.”
The suspect then allegedly took the girl into the residence, where he whipped her with a belt and threw her, injuring her arm. Aranza also reportedly threatened to take the girl to his house, even though she lives with her mother, then forced her back outside and dragged her across the front yard before leaving.
KTRK-TV reported that Aranza was later arrested, but released after posting $20,000 bond.
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