Ex-Rangers Star Josh Hamilton Indicted on Felony Charge of Injury to a Child

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2020

Former player Josh Hamilton participates in a club hall of fame induction ceremony where Hamilton was honored before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Former MLB outfielder Josh Hamilton was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child Monday after he was accused of hitting one of his daughters in September, according to court records obtained by Tom Steele of the Dallas Morning News. 

Steele spoke to Hamilton's attorneys, Daniel Lewis and Thomas Ashworth, who said he "is innocent of the charge against him and looks forward to clearing his name in court."

Hamilton faces two to 10 years in prison if he's convicted. He was released on $30,000 bond after turning himself in to police on October 30. 

Steele described what Hamilton's daughter told authorities happened:

"Hamilton started cursing and yelling after he became upset about something she said and then threw a full water bottle at her, hitting her in the chest. Then he yanked a chair from beneath her feet and threw it at her before he pulled her to the ground, the affidavit says.

"Hamilton then slung the girl over his shoulder and took her to her bedroom as she yelled that she was sorry, the affidavit says. She said he tossed her onto the bed, pinned down her head with one hand and started hitting her legs with his other hand.

"He later picked her up by her sweatshirt, ripping it, and hit her on her back, she said."

She said Hamilton then continued to berate her verbally. 

"I hope you go in front of the [expletive] Judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don't have to see you anymore," Hamilton said, per the affidavit.

Hamilton's ex wife, Katie, filed a protective order on behalf of their daughter in October. The couple has two other daughters. Katie Hamilton previously had protective orders against Josh in 2005 and 2015, when the couple divorced.

Katie Hamilton said her daughters told her Josh has threatened and been violent with them on other occasions, dating back to November 2017.

Josh Hamilton spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels from 2007-2017. He has a lengthy history of drug and alcohol abuse, which threatened his baseball career at several different points.