Police: Dad picked up 5-year-old by throat, threw her

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested a man who they say picked up his five-year-old daughter by the throat and threw her against the wall.

Fernando Xavier Garcia, 32, has been charged with strangulation and reckless endangerment.

On June 30, police responded to the 14300 block of Bellona Rd in Woodbridge to investigate an assault that happened the day before.

Police say Garcia was watching his three kids when he became upset with one of them, a five-year-old girl. Garcia picked her up by the throat and threw her against the wall, according to police.

Family members noticed the injuries and reported the incident to Child Protective Services.

Garcia is being held without bond.


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