Authorities in Vancouver, Washington arrested a 32-year-old man on Tuesday night who attacked his two-year-old daughter, stomping her head and repeatedly slamming her body into the pavement as witnesses struggled to stop him.
According to KATU Channel 2, the attack took place just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday at a hotel alongside Highway 99 when 32-year-old Kyle Holder picked up the sleeping girl from a bed and threw her out an open window on to the concrete outside, then began to beat her savagely.
Witnesses attempted to intervene. One struck Holder in the head with a baseball bat, but the attack only ended when police arrived on the scene and used a stun gun to take Holder down.
The infant girl was rushed to Emanuel Hospital where she is in critical condition. Witnesses said Holder slammed his daughter’s body into the concrete walkway outside the hotel room again and again and repeatedly stomped on her head.
“No one’s gonna stand there and watch a baby get beat up,” said one of the men who tried to intervene. “I talked to her every day for the past two weeks.”
Holder was treated by paramedics, then handed over to police, who booked him into the Clark County Jail on charges of attempted first degree murder.
He told police that voices in his head told him to hurt his daughter. “I had to do this,” he said. “I knew I had to crush her head.”
The bystander who struck Holder with the bat, said Channel 2, is unlikely to be charged in the incident.
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