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‘I punished her’: Dad allegedly beats 4-year-old Bronx girl with bat

SOUNDVIEW, the Bronx — A Bronx dad allegedly beat his daughter with an aluminum bat after he'd argued with the girl's mother, court documents show.

After the 4-year-old girl's mother left to work on Saturday, Noel Morales, 32, allegedly swung at his daughter repeatedly as she played.

"I don't know what happened to me," Morales said, according to the criminal complaint. "The baby started to play and I punished her."

He was apparently frustrated with the girl's mother who "is always putting me down."

The girl was hit three times, but wasn't taken to a hospital until Sunday. According to police sources, the girl's mother brought her to the hospital because of her appearance and she complained about pain on Saturday. She suffered a hematoma to the abdomen, internal bleeding in the liver and acute bruising to the abdomen and back.

The girl remains in critical, but stable condition, police said. The couple also has a son together, police sources said.

"She never fell when I hit her," Morales said, according to the criminal complaint. "She was not crying."

Morales was arrested Monday and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. He is currently held on an immigration warrant, according to the criminal complaint.

According to police sources, Morales had no prior arrests.

New York City Administration for Children's Services is assisting the NYPD in its investigation.

"Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are working with the NYPD to investigate this incident," ACS spokesman Jose Bayona said.

PIX11's Anthony DiLorenzo contributed to this report.