Man Arrested For Felony After Slapping 12-Year-Old Boy Who Bullied Stepdaughter

James Peace was arrested for felony injury to a child under 15 on Monday night.

Deer Park, TX – The stepfather of a preteen girl has been arrested for allegedly slapping a boy who bullied her.

The incident began on Feb. 14, when a 12-year-old male classmate and his friend started harassing the girl while she was walking home from school, KTRK reported.

"Saying that her body was ugly, said that she was a transvestite, started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks," said the girl’s mother, who did not want to be named.

The girl ultimately called her parents to come pick her up, so her stepfather, 37-year-old James Peace, jumped into his car and went to help her, the Star-Telegram reported.

Although the boys were gone when Peace arrived, Peace soon stumbled upon them walking on Santa Fe Trail during the drive home.

"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," Deer Park Police Lieutenant Chris Brown told KTRK.

Surveillance footage showed Peace as he got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the preteen boy.

Then, the enraged father struck him in the face.

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

Peace then allegedly threatened to beat the child up if he told anyone about what had occurred.

The following day, the boy told his teacher he was scared to go to lunch because he didn’t want to see Peace’s stepdaughter, KHOU reported.

The 12-year-old ended up telling his teacher what had occurred the day prior, and Deer Park police were subsequently notified.

A witness later told investigators that she saw Peace “reach back and strike the boy in the face, and that the boy just stood there in shock and never retaliated,” the criminal complaint read, according to the Star-Telegram.

The officers also spoke with the girl at her residence, and she told them that Peace slapped the boy after he bullied her, KHOU reported.

Peace initially told officers that nothing had occurred, but later confessed to striking the boy after investigators told him that the encounter was recorded by a nearby surveillance camera.

He was arrested on Monday evening for felony injury to a child under 15, and was later released on $15,000 bond, the Star-Telegram reported.

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usac95
usac95

i can understand the rage he must have been in but that is not the way to handle it now he is big trouble i would have paid $$$ the toughest kid in school to get that kid's ass period

lauraaz
lauraaz

The bullied girl and her parents need to prosecute the bullies for assault for each thing that they threw, then sue their parents.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Yeah, not the way to handle it. The bullying does need to be address too, this does not mitigate that.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I certainly hope the boys who threw rocks at the girls are arrested and punished as well.

more purging needed
more purging needed

First, I hope the father only gets a minor fine. There was no real physical harm that took place. Second, I understand the immediate rage and need to get some real justice in this PC world of "Put 'em in time-out". But...I do believe learning took place, though...the kid was scared the next day. If he could have remained calm enough he could have gone to the parents and asked them if he could get extremely ugly with the kid in their presence doing ANYTHING short of touching the kid. That might have put the fear of God in him. Next best thing to that would be if he could ask the father to do it to the son in the presence of the girl's father. If they didn't agree to that then Whip the father's ass while the kid watched and take the misdemeanor fine. It's better than a felony and the whole family learns that there are consequences for bullying.