A Waukegan man was arrested after prosecutors say he hit his daughter multiple times while she was on her way home from school in Waukegan and kicked her.
Cipriano Acosta-Benitez, 37, of Waukegan, was charged with one count of domestic battery physical contact, a Class A misdemeanor.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis DeRosa said the incident occurred on February 1.
The victim was walking home from school and was not wearing her jacket.
Acosta-Benitez drove up to her and saw she was not wearing a jacket and got mad, DeRosa said.
The victim got into the car and Acosta-Benitez hit the girl several times in her chest, DeRosa said.
Acosta-Benitez allegedly grabbed the child’s phone and threw it in the car.
Acosta-Benitez hit the victim in the chest again before the two arrived home, DeRosa said.
DeRosa said Acosta-Benitez kicked the girl in the shin after they got home.
Acosta-Benitez grabbed a knife and tried giving it to the girl, DeRosa said. The victim ran to another house and the police were called.
Acosta-Benitez told officers that he had hit the victim in the bicep.
Court records show the man also had an active warrant for a driving under the influence and reckless driving case from May.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Acosta-Benitez held on a $35,000 bond.
Acosta-Benitez was released from the Lake County Jail after another judge reduced his bond to $4,000.
A bond review hearing is scheduled for March 8.