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Hernando man accused of hitting child with belt

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

 A Brooksville man is charged with child abuse after a teacher noticed a large bruise on one of her students. 

Thursday, Hernando deputies were summoned to Brooksville Elementary School by a guidance counselor after a teacher reported suspicions of abuse.  The arrest report states the victim said that "Daniel", later identified as Daniel Smith, 25, put his foot on the child's head and hit him multiple times with a belt.  The victim also says Smith poured dish soap in his eyes as a "punishment for him not wanting to take a bath".

Deputies say Smith admitted to hitting the victim with a belt, and said he "may have taken the punishment a little bit too far", but would not specify what he meant.

Investigators arrested Daniel Smith for child abuse.  Jail records indicate he is also facing drug charges.  His total bond is set at $6,000.

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