Former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton accused of injuring 14-year-old daughter

Former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in late September threw a chair toward his teenage daughter and punched her in the back after she said something that upset him, Keller police alleged.

Hamilton, 38, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of injury to a child with intentional bodily injury, a third-degree felony, and booked at the Tarrant County Jail. He was released on a $35,000 bond.

Hamilton, who was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in August, could not be reached for a response to the allegations.

Hamilton is accused of injuring his eldest daughter, who is 14, on Sept. 30. He has two other daughters, 11 and 8, with whom he shares custody with his former wife Katie.

Hamilton threw overhand at his daughter a full water bottle that hit her in the chest, according to the girl’s account contained in an arrest warrant affidavit prepared by a Keller police detective.

Hamilton, who used profanity and was yelling, grabbed the chair on which the girl had her feet propped and pulled it from under her. Hamilton threw the chair and she was able to mostly move out of the way. It hit her leg, according to the affidavit. The chair broke.

Hamilton grabbed his daughter by the shoulders and pulled her from the chair. She fell to the ground and landed on her hip, which she said left a bruise. Hamilton picked her up from the floor and threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her room.

“I’m sorry,” she yelled.

When they reached her door, Hamilton stopped and threw the girl onto her bed, according to the affidavit.

Hamilton placed his hand on the side of her face and pushed down, pinning her head against the bed, according to the affidavit. He used his other hand to hit her legs. His daughter said that Hamilton used both an open hand and a closed fist to hit her legs. He picked her up using her sweatshirt, which caused the clothing to rip, then pushed her back to the bed and again hit her, with an open hand on her back and legs, according to the affidavit.

Hamilton’s fingernails left scratches on her back.

“I hope you go in front of the [expletive] judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don’t have to see you anymore and you don’t ever have to come to my house again,” Hamilton said, according to his daughter’s account described in the affidavit.

As Hamilton left the room he told his daughter to get her belongings together for school. She told him she had. “Well aren’t you just the perfect child,” he responded.

The daughter reported the episode to her mother. The Texas Child Protective Services office alerted Keller police. Hamilton’s other children were also interviewed. They said they had witnessed and heard portions of their father’s eruption, but were not injured, according to the affidavit.

Katie Hamilton filed in early October an application in Tarrant County family court for a protective order on behalf of her daughter, according to court records.

Josh Hamilton splits his time between Keller and a ranch near College Station.

A recovering drug addict and alcoholic, Hamilton said in August that he remains sober despite multiple relapses during his playing career. Two occurred while with the Rangers, who acquired him in December 2007 and watched him become a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League MVP before leaving for the Los Angeles Angels.

He was traded back to the Rangers by the Angels in April 2015 following an off-season relapse while he recovered from shoulder surgery. He attempted to play with the Rangers in 2016 and 2017 but needed multiple knee operations.

“The Texas Rangers take the issue of family violence very seriously,” the team wrote in a statement. “We are aware of the situation involving Josh Hamilton. Since this is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment.”

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.
After 12 seasons covering the Rangers for the Star-Telegram, Jeff Wilson knows that baseball is a 24/7/365 business and there is far more to baseball than just the 162 games each season. There’s also more to Jeff -- like a family and impressive arsenals of Titleist hats and adidas shoes -- but sometimes it’s hard to tell.