State Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula took the witness stand and testified in his own misdemeanor child abuse trial on Tuesday.
Arambula testifying for more than three hours talking about his relationship with his 7-year-old daughter, the alleged victim.
Arambula described his daughter as smart, brilliant and funny.
He said he disciplines his children by sitting them down and talking it out especially with the alleged victim.
“She’s a 7-year-old child who sometimes doesn’t want to face or discuss what actually occurred and there are times she wants to just escape and runaway,” Arambula said.
He said during that December alleged incident his wife was out of town and he was watching the children.
They had gone to church, went to the library and went back home where Arambula made spaghetti for dinner.
He said he had put the children in bed but the alleged victim was not ready for bed.
He told the jury, the alleged victim had hit her sister and was screaming.
“At some point, she was till screaming and I wanted to go check on (alleged victim’s sister) For the first time in my life, I grabbed my daughter and I spanked her twice on her bottom,” Arambula said.
Arambula said the alleged victim was upset.
Arambula- “She was angry.”
Defense: Did she say anything specific?
Arambula- “I’m mad at you dad. I’m angry at you dad. I hate you dad.”
Defense- I hate you dad?
Defense-What did you do next?
Arambula-I went to go check on (alleged victim’s sister.)
Defense: Did you hit your daughter in the face?
Arambula: No sir.
Defense: Would you hit your daughter in the face?
Arambula also described the day he was arrested.
Defense: What happened once you arrived at the Fresno PD headquarters?
Arambula: For the first time in my life, I was placed behind bars
Defense: What happened next?
Arambula: I was criminalized and had a mugshot taken.
The prosecution tried to rattle Arambula on the stand as he pressed him about how the alleged victim got a bruise on her face?
Prosecutor: Dr. Arambula isn’t true that you went into your daughters room and struck (alleged victim) on the side of the head.
Arambula: Absolutly not. I can not say that anymore strongly.
The trial will continue with closing arguments on Wednesday.
A decision could be made by the jury by Thursday or by Monday, as no court is scheduled for Friday.