Florida man accused of punching boy, 2, who defended mother, police say

A man in DeLand, Fla., was arrested on Saturday after police said he punched a 2-year-old boy in the head who was trying to defend his mother in an argument. 

Police said Josue Rosario, 38, got angry when he saw another child playing in the kitchen with the boy and made him laugh, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. 

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Rosario yelled at the girl and told her he “was going to break her teeth,” according to News-Journal. He then told his wife to hit the girl, starting an argument between the two. 

As Rosario tried to strangle, punch, and push the wife, the 2-year-old boy “intervened” and Rosario punched him in the head “to get him out of the way,” police said to News- Journal.

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At one point police said Rosario took a knife and threatened to kill his wife, News-Journal reports. The woman hid in the bathroom with her children and called police. 

Officers arrested Rosario on charges of child-infliction of physical injury, battery, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains at the county jail on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records. 

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