Man charged with assaulting girlfriend, child

The Odessa Police Department charged a man Friday after he reportedly pushed his girlfriend and kicked his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter in the head.

Police responded to the incident around 12:38 a.m. Friday at Arbor Terrace Apartments, 1101 Fitch Ave., an OPD press release said.

Upon arrival, police made contact with 29-year-old Rolando Escajeda-Ruiz, the affidavit detailed, who reportedly displayed many signs of intoxication, including an alcoholic odor on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Police then made contact with his 27-year-old girlfriend, the report said, who told officers that after an argument upstairs, Escajeda-Ruiz began arguing with one of her children and she pushed Escajeda-Ruiz to leave her child alone. She was then pushed out of the way by Escajeda-Ruiz, the report said.

The complainant’s 8-year-old daughter later told OPD Escajeda-Ruiz was walking and kicked her on the back side of her right temple while she was laying down, causing her to cry afterwards, the affidavit stated.

Escajeda-Ruiz was charged with injury to a child, a state jail felony, assault and public intoxication, both class C misdemeanors.

Jail records show Escajeda-Ruiz was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Friday and has a $15,000 bond.