PROVO — A felony charge for a father who "football kicked" his baby girl is based on a pattern of abuse, prosecutors said.

Clinton David Brandon, 23, appeared in 4th District Court in handcuffs to receive his second-degree felony charge of child abuse/neglect, which stems from an incident in Provo on Aug. 3.

Police got a call from a witness who said they saw Brandon arguing with his wife in a motel room at 70 E. 300 South in Provo, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.

The caller said Brandon appeared to get so angry that he walked to the door of the room and "football kicked" his 18-month-old girl back inside, according to the affidavit.

"To hear the phrase like that is really kind of shocking," said deputy Utah County Attorney Tim Taylor, who was recently assigned to the case.

The Division of Child and Family Services was notified of the situation and will conduct follow-up interviews with the mother, Taylor said.

Brandon will be assigned a public defender to appear with him at his next hearing, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. He is still in the Utah County Jail on $3,000 cash or bond bail.

The child was allegedly thrown several feet and began screaming, according to the affidavit.

When police arrived, they found the baby lying on a bed with a large bruise on her right temple that extended down to her chin.

Brandon's brother told police the bruise had been caused when Brandon slapped her face several days earlier because she wouldn't go to bed, according to the affidavit.

"Second-degree felony child abuse ... requires serious physical injury," Taylor said. "(The charge) didn't just stem from ... the football kick. Any combination of two or more injuries inflicted by the same person at the same time or on different occasions, that's what we're alleging."

Brandon first told police he had accidentally walked into the baby, which caused her to fall. Then he changed and said he was so mad at his wife that he had passed out and didn't remember anything except coming to and seeing the child crying, according to the affidavit.

Police asked him if it was possible he could have kicked the child and he said yes.

Brandon's answer for the bruise on his child's face was that his daughter had fallen off the bed, according to the affidavit. There were no obvious bruises on the child's stomach when police arrived that night.

The child's mother defended her husband's actions, saying the child fell and was clumsy, according to the affidavit.

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