Thurston County prosecutors filed a child-assault charge Tuesday against the 27-year-old Army Sergeant.
According to a police report obtained by CNN, Tabor's girlfriend called police to their home in Yelm Sunday because Tabor had dunked his daughter's head in the kitchen sink. Yelm is about 65 miles south of Seattle.
According to the police report, Tabor admitted to holding his daughter in the sink because she was afraid of water, CNN reports.
When investigators asked the little girl about the bruises on her back and scratch marks on her neck, she told them "Daddy did it."
"It was hot, the water was hot. I told him I would say my letters then!" the girl told police, according to the police report obtained by CNN.
Tabor was released from jail Monday after posting $10,000 bail and is restricted to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The child is now in custody of Child Protective Services.