Angry dad slaps stepdaughter's 12-year-old bully, police say

Posted at 11:55 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 10:07:08-05

A Texas stepfather spotted the boy who allegedly bullied his daughter while walking home from school. What he did landed him in jail.

James Olander Peace is charged with felony injury to a child for slapping a 12-year-old boy across the face.

Peace's wife spoke with KTRK-TV by phone, saying her husband was sticking up for her daughter after she was bullied by a 12-year-old boy and his friend while walking home from school.

"Saying that her body was ugly...started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks," said the girl's mother.

She says her daughter called and asked for a ride home.

That's when investigators say Peace saw the 12 year old walking.

"On the drive home they happened to see the suspect juvenile walking and that's when the stepdad decided to stop and confront the kid," said Lieutenant Chris Brown of Deer Park Police.

A nearby surveillance camera caught the encounter.

Police say Peace was shouting at the boy, then hit him.

"He was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw," said Brown.

Court records say after that slap, the stepfather threatened the boy not to tell police or he'd beat him up.

Peace's wife says her husband's emotions got the best of him.

"I do not agree with what he did, he took it too far, he did."