On Monday, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula’s defense team calling on his wife and his mother to take the witness stand.
Arambula is facing one misdemeanor count of child cruelty after police say he hit his 7-year-old daughter in the face leaving a bruise.
Amy Arambula, the mother of the defendant told the jury, her son was a caring, loving and great father to his three daughters.
She told the jury, she never recalled seeing Arambula hitting his children.
Amy Arambula said during the time CPS put the children under her custody, she never coached the alleged victim just wanted, the alleged victim feel safe during the whole ordeal.
Elizabeth Arambula testified that she usually disciplines the kids when they misbehave, she said the alleged victim can be challenging sometime and after the December incident, she was afraid to discipline her daughter.
Defense: Why were you afraid?
Elizabeth Arambula: Because I know Joaquin would never hit her. So I was afraid when I had to discipline her, what she would say about me. So I had. When I had to discipline her, I started recording without her knowing.”
The defense also played the recordings showing the alleged victim acting out.
The defense plans to call Joaquin Arambula to testify on Tuesday and closing arguments should begin on Wednesday.