Father of girl abandoned at local daycare charged

Antonio Heath, Jr. Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A man who left his daughter at a Killeen daycare earlier this month, telling employees he didn’t want her anymore and then later struggled with police, leaving an officer injured, has been charged with assault on a public servant.

Antonio Heath, Jr., 24, remained in the Bell County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Police received a call at around 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 from the daycare in the 1200 block of W.S. Young Drive after the girl was dropped off.

“The daycare stated that the child did not attend their facility and they did not know who either were,” police said in a press release.

Witnesses had taken down the license plate number of the man’s vehicle and police traced it to an apartment at 600 West Hallmark Avenue, police said.

An officer knocked on the door of the apartment and a man answered.

“The officer asked the male if he had just dropped off a child at a daycare facility he stated that he did, and that he did not want her any longer,” police said.

The man then tried to slam the door, but the officer grabbed him and a struggle ensued.

“During the altercation, the officer attempted to deploy his Taser however the suspect grabbed the Taser taking it from the officer,” police said.

Other officers arrived and were able to take the man into custody.

The girl was turned over to Texas Child Protective Services and is now in the custody of family member, police said Wednesday.

The injured officer was treated at and later released from Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.