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Arambula defense shows video, capturing disciplinary interaction between Arambula’s wife, daughter


In court, Monday, defense attorneys for Dr. Joaquin Arambula playing a video taken by his wife Elizabeth, showing her disciplining the couple’s 7-year-old daughter.

“You love me,” Elizabeth is heard asking the child.

“No, I hate you,” the child responds. 

“You just kicked me,” Arambula eventually prompting.

“Yeah because you’re rude,” the 7-year-old replied.

Arambula on the stand, saying she was scared what her daughter would say about her, after her husband’s arrest, recalling other incidents, where she says her daughter exaggerated.

“She can be challenging at times,” Arambula said.

Also describing the morning of her husband’s arrest. 

“I asked the front desk is she OK, what happened, they wouldn’t tell me,” Arambula said. 

Arambula’s mother, Amy, taking the stand, as well. 

Both women, describing his character with his kids.

“My son, is the kind of father that worries when the kids are on the trampoline,” Arambula said.

Arambula’s wife also describing the couple’s disciplinary method’s.

“Sometimes when we have to give our kids timeout, we’ll pick them up and put them on our laps,” Arambula said.

But the prosecution questioning Elizabeth’s claim of being the primary disciplinarian.

Also pointing out, she was not with her husband, when the incident in question, happened.

“Wasn’t that unusual when your husband told you he had spanked [the 7-year-old child], the night before, when you talked to him on the phone,” Fresno County District Attorney Steve Wright asked? 

“It is unusual, but he’s, it is unusual,” Arambula replied.

Dr. Arambula is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

Closing arguments will happen Wednesday.

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