State Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula sat and listened inside a Fresno County courtroom on Wednesday as he heard testimony from his 7-year-old daughter’s teacher and a child protective services worker.
The teacher testified, the alleged victim was late arriving to school and seemed a little bit upset because her father gouged her hand trying to get a splinter out.
The little girl wanted an ice pack but was told by her teacher to wait until recess, so during that morning break, the alleged victim went to office but did not return back to class, her teacher stated she was told by school staff that there was a situation and the 7-year-old wouldn’t be coming back.
The alleged victim eventually did go back to class, that’s when the teacher pulled the girl a side.
“She put her hair back and showed me her bruise and I asked well what happened? And she said well my dad try to hit my ear but missed so it landed on my temple,” the teacher said.
Arambula’s defense asked the teacher if the alleged victim was a good student and if she liked to tell stories, the teacher responded that the 7-year-old was on the top students and that she was detailed in storytelling and loved to write poetry.
Just hours before Arambula was arrested, a CPS worker and police had interviewed the alleged victim.
“He grabbed her and put her on the bed and held her down on the bed. It was difficult for her to breathe and she was crying,” the CPS worker said.
The CPS worker said the alleged victim tried to explain to her father but that is when he slapped her on the side of her face after he fell on a toy as he was trying to get up from the bed.
A few days after the first interview, the CPS worker re-interview the alleged victim and asked her if someone had told her to say something different than what she had stated.
“She said yes, that her grandmother told her that it was like a job interview and helped her pick out her outfit. And suggested she should only talk about the good things with her family and that if she thought about the bad things or wanted to express the bad things that she should think about all of the good things her father does for her,” the CPS worker said.
The Prosecutor asked why did that cause the worker to be concerned?
She replied that the family was given strict instruction not to discuss with the children any of the allegations.
Two Fresno Police officers also took the stand Wednesday afternoon stating what happened when they responded to the school.
The trial will continue Thursday morning.