Police: Ohio dad beat 5-year-old over alphabet

An undated photo shows Christopher D. Curry whom police accuse of beating his 5-year-old daughter because she was having trouble with her alphabet homework. AP Photo/Akron Police Department

AKRON, Ohio - Police in Ohio accuse a man of beating his 5-year-old daughter because she was having trouble with her alphabet homework.

Akron police said the kindergartner was struggling to recognize the letter D on Tuesday when 39-year-old Christopher D. Curry became angry.

According to police, he picked the girl up by the neck and struck her in the head repeatedly.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that when officers were called to the home about 10:30 p.m. they found the girl screaming and crying.

The paper reports the child was treated at a hospital for bruises and cuts, including a left eye nearly swollen shut.

Curry has been charged with felonious assault, child endangering and domestic violence.

He was being held in the Summit County jail with bond set at $100,000.

Summit County Children Services was contacted.

Jail officials say they don't know if he has an attorney, and none is listed in court records.

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