Tahlequah Daily Press

November 21, 2013

Father who swung infant during fight is charged with child abuse

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors on Wednesday filed felony child abuse charges against a Tahlequah man who allegedly swung his daughter by her clothes during a domestic dispute.

Cornelio Gonzales, 20, is charged with child abuse by injury, aggravated assault and battery, two counts of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor, and ob-structing an officer.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dexter Scott said Gonzales allegedly grabbed his 5-week-old daughter during a dispute, and refused to the give the child to a nearby person who was not involved in the fight. Gonzales allegedly kept the baby in his hands during the fight.

The child was eventually removed from Gonzales by force. A woman involved in the dispute, along with a bystander, then took the child into a room to get away, but Gonzales allegedly forced his way in and attacked them.

Gonzales allegedly ran before deputies arrived. He was later captured by a Cherokee Nation marshal and booked into jail. Gonzales was given a $15,000 bond, and he remains in jail.