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A.L. man charged with malicious punishment of child

An Albert Lea man who allegedly injured his 4-year-old daughter in March was charged with a felony last week.

Miguel Adelico Tafoya, 39, is charged with felony malicious punishment of a child and gross misdemeanor domestic assault in Freeborn County District Court.

Court documents state Tafoya was charged after his daughter was taken to the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea early in the morning of March 22 with a broken right arm and injuries to another part of her body. 

Miguel Adelico Tafoya

The victim allegedly identified Tafoya as having caused her injuries, and Tafoya stated he spanked her eight to 10 times as punishment after she acted up. He said she bent her arm the wrong way after he grabbed her by the arms in an attempt to force her to sit on the couch.

Court documents state Tafoya told medical staff he heard a pop after he tried to restrain her, and said his daughter kicked and bit him prior to the incident.

Law enforcement allegedly observed a “very large bruise” on the chin of the child’s mother that she said came from an argument she had with Tafoya that month.

Tafoya was reportedly arrested in a prior domestic violence incident between the two in 2013 in New Mexico. He was convicted of battery against a household member in July of that year in connection with the case. He was sentenced to 364 days incarceration, which was suspended for nearly two years to comply with probation.

District Court Judge Steven Schwab set conditional bail for Tafoya at $10,000 Tuesday, and a domestic abuse no-contact order was issued

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 1.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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