Former Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton was indicted Monday on a felony charge of injury to a child after one of his daughters accused him of beating her
Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after one of his daughters accused him of beating her.
A Tarrant County, Texas, grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bond after he turned himself in to authorities on October 30.
If convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison.
Hamilton’s attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent.
His 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamilton´s ex-wife Katie Chadwick, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her.
According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamilton´s daughter told police that he went on a rampage September 30.
She says she made a comment to Hamilton that upset him, so he threw a full water bottle overhand at her, hitting her in the chest, then cursed and shouted at her.
He pulled away the chair on which she rested her feet and threw it, breaking the chair, she told detectives.
It didn’t hit her, but he then allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair on which she sat. She reportedly fell to the floor, and he lifted her up, allegedly threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom.
The girl said at this point she was telling Hamilton, ‘I´m sorry.’
Upon reaching her bedroom door, he tossed the teen onto her bed, pressed her face onto the mattress and began hitting her legs with an open hand and closed fist.
Hamilton’s attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. The outfielder is pictured during ALDS Game 2 between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays in 2015
She said that after he finished striking her, he told her, ‘I hope you go in front of the f**king judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don´t have to see you anymore and you don´t have to come to my house again.’
As he left the room, Hamilton’s daughter said he told her to gather her things for school. When she replied that she had already put them in the car, he responded, ‘Well, aren’t you just the perfect child.’
After Hamilton was the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addiction.
However, he returned to baseball with Cincinnati and made his big league debut in 2007, when he hit 19 homers in 90 games before being traded to the Rangers.
He was part of their only two World Series teams, in 2010 and 2011, and was an All-Star five seasons in a row.
After Hamilton was the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addiction
An awe-inspiring display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008 was a highlight of his career, when the first-time All-Star led the American League with 130 RBIs while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season.
He hit four homers in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-homer game at Baltimore in 2012.
Hamilton left the Rangers in free agency, signing a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season.
He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels traded him back to Texas in 2015 after his two injury-plagued seasons with Los Angeles. He played 50 games for Texas in 2015 but never again after he underwent surgery at least three times afterward.
Hamilton has three daughters aged eight to 14 with Chadwick.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the two divorced in 2015 after Hamilton suffered a relapse.
The Morning News reported when Hamilton turned himself in to authorities in October that Chadwick had previously sought a protective order against him on behalf of one of their three daughters.
The Texas Rangers, for whom Hamilton played parts of six seasons, released a statement at the time: ‘The Texas Rangers take the issue of family violence very seriously. We are aware of the situation involving Josh Hamilton. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment.’