Father jailed for severely beating child

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A Longview father of eight kids is in jail after police said he beat his seven-year-old daughter with a belt.

48-year-old Ahamau Tavita, is in the Gregg County Jail on $10,000 bond, charged with third-degree injury to a child.

Police say Tavita appeared intoxicated, and the child had a laceration to her head.

Officers were called to the home in the 300 block of Gum Street shortly after 10 Sunday night by one of Tavita's kids, who said that "their father was beating them up, and their sister was bleeding very badly."


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