NEW PORT RICHEY — A 25-year-old man is accused of beating a 4-year-old girl, leaving her with multiple deep bruises on her face and torso, police said.
Shawn A. Moore of New Port Richey was arrested Wednesday and charged with child abuse.
Authorities did not release Moore's relationship with the child. Moore told police he "threw a basketball at the victim multiple times, which hit her in the face several different times, over a period of two to three hours," according to a report from the New Port Richey Police Department. The report also said the "deep bruises revealed multiple impacts on both sides of the victim's face."
The child told officers Moore hit her on the face.
Moore is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.