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FORT WORTH, TX — Former MLB slugger Josh Hamilton, 38, is under investigation for allegations of child abuse against the eldest of his three daughters, according to TMZ.
The arrest warrant reportedly details what amounts to third-degree felony child abuse, stemming from a September 30 incident in which Hamilton is accused of, among other things, striking her with a thrown chair (causing it to break), striking her with a closed fist, slapping her with an open hand, and leaving visible fingernail scratches.
Once the assault was over, Hamilton allegedly told the girl, “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 ever have to come to my house again.”
Hamilton’s ex-wife, and mother of their three daughters, also filed a restraining order on behalf of the girl earlier this month.
Despite his impeccable record on the baseball field, including a turn with the Texas Rangers that ultimately earned him a spot in their Hall of Fame, his life off the field has been marred by substance abuse issues, which eventually resulted in his divorce from his children’s mother in 2015.