MESA, Ariz. - A Mesa, Ariz., man was arrested after allegedly admitting he beat his 5-year-old daughter with a military belt when she wouldn't obey.
Ezra Emanuel Hazell, 29, is accused of putting his daughter in a push-up-position, with her pants down and beating her with the belt and a bunched up computer cord when she wouldn't do her homework, police told the Arizona Republic in a story published Friday.
Police also arrested the girl's stepmother, Kristie Marie Hazell, 25, on suspicion of abusing the girl, who had nearly 100 bruises on her back, arms, legs, buttocks and chest.
Hazell said he didn't notice the injuries until his daughter asked to go to the bathroom, police said. Hazell then told police he “felt bad” because he didn't mean to hit her so hard, the Republic reported.
Ezra Hazell, who was being held on a $10,000 bond, obtained custody of the girl after her biological mother physically abused her, police said.
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