Bozeman man arrested for assaulting infant daughter at church shelter

| August 5, 2010

A man is behind bars, accused of assaulting his two-month-old daughter while they were staying at a Bozeman church shelter.

Robert Cole III, 23, of Bozeman is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center on a felony charge of assault on a minor.

A woman told police she was staying at the shelter on Monday evening when she heard Cole hitting and slapping the infant for more than an hour while the child cried. The sleeping areas at the shelter are separated by sheets, and the woman said she could clearly hear the incident.

Cole was interviewed by police and reportedly admitted to slapping the girl. Cole told police was frustrated, according to court documents. He also reportedly said he knew what he did was wrong and that when he hit the girl she cried harder. He also said he would toss the girl onto the bed when he was angry at her, court documents state.

Court papers say the infant was examined and no bruises or injuries were evident.

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