Former AL MVP Josh Hamilton Indicted on Felony Child Abuse Charge: Report


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was indicted Monday on a charge of injury to a child, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Start Telegram reports.

Hamilton turned himself in to Keller police on October 30, and pleaded not guilty the next day. 

At the time, lawyers for Hamilton said he was innocent. The charge is a third degree felcony. 

The arrest warrant affidavit says ​on September 30, one of Hamilton's daughters says she made a comment that upset Hamilton. She says Hamilton threw a full water bottle at her, hitting her in the chest.

Hamilton's daughter says he was also "cussing and yelling" at her. She says she was sitting down and had her feet on another chair. The affidavit says Hamilton picked up that chair and threw it at her.

His daughter says Hamilton then picked her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to his room. The affidavit says Hamilton then threw her onto her bed and hit her on the back and legs.

The affidavit says Hamilton then said, "I hope you go in front of the ... judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I dont have to see you anymore and you don't ever have to come to my house again."

The affidavit says Keller police started investigating after the case was reported to Child Protective Services.

Hamilton was arrested Wednesday and was released after posting $35,000 bond. His lawyers, Thomas Ashworth and Daniel Lewis, say Hamilton "“is innocent of the charge against him and looks forward to clearing his name in court.”

Hamilton was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in August. In his speech, he said, "I thank my girls, I love you, and I'm proud of all of you."

"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," the team wrote in a statement.