HOUSTON – A Texas father has been accused of attacking his daughter for bringing a 15-year-old African American male to a dance.
Aaron Aranza, 37, has been charged with injury to a child.
Court documents state that on April 11, Aranza’s 14-year-old-daughter was having a party at her grandmother’s house, where she wanted to practice quinceanera dancing. The dance requires multiple male and female dancing partners; for the event, the girl reportedly chose a 15-year-old African-American to be her dance partner.
When Aranza found out about her decision, he allegedly became so angry that he announced to the party-goers, who were standing outside in the front yard, that the party was cancelled.
He then reportedly went on to refer to the teenage boy with a racial epithet, and ask her daughter if she was “serious” about choosing him as her partner.
The court documents say that he pushed the young man, saying, “I don’t care that you are a kid.”
Aranza then allegedly took his daughter inside the house, where he hit her with a belt, dragged her and tossed her, causing her to hit her arm on a coffee table.
Aranza reportedly told his daughter that he was taking her home with him, even though she lives with her mother. The documents go on to state that Aranza’s daughter struggled against him as he took her back outside and dragged her across the front yard.
The girl’s father left the house; he was later arrested by police. He is currently being held in the Harris County jail on $20,000 bail.
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