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Man accused of hitting daughter

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A 41-year-old Tinian resident was arrested last week for slapping the face of his 12-year-old daughter and punching her right arm. He denied hitting his daughter who told police that her father also pulled her ear and pushed her.

Michael Lee Borja has been charged with child abuse, which is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a $2,000 fine or both

Borja was brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan for a bail hearing on Friday.

In a bail modification order, Judge Bogdan granted Borja’s request to be released to his parents as third-party custodians after submitting an appearance bond of $2,500.

The defendant was allowed to travel back to Tinian and was ordered to appear at the island’s courthouse on March 13, 2020 at 9 a.m.

Borja, in a freely given statement to the police, denied hitting his daughter, but he said he was angry at the girl for closing and locking the door of her room while she was inside with a friend.

As punishment, Borja said he spanked her behind with a belt and grounded her.

The girl told police that this was not the first time it happened. She said whenever Borja drinks, he becomes a different person.

She said she does not feel safe around him and does not want to live with him anymore.

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