Alejandro Galvan III was charged with beating her daughter and then handing her a gun and a knife and telling her to commit suicide
A Houston father who beat his 11-year-old daughter gave her a gun and a knife an encouraged her to commit suicide, police said.
Alejandro Galvan III, 29, is accused of punching his daughter and beating her with a belt during the brutal attack at their home on Sept. 7, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The girl told police that Galvan then handed her a black gun - which she thought was loaded - and a knife and told her to use them on herself.
Galvan admitted to police that he gave his daughter the weapons because he was "frustrated," but he said the gun was unloaded.
He also admitted to hitting her.
He was charged on Friday with felony injury to a child.
The girl, whose name was not given, was staying with her mother, according to local station KPRC.
Neighbors said they suspected Galvan had been abusing the girl for some time.
"He needs to be in jail for a good while," said neighbor Kellie Chattman told the station.