California Lawmaker Cleared of Misdemeanor Child Cruelty

SACRAMENTO — A jury has cleared California Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula of misdemeanor child cruelty.

Arambula was found not guilty Thursday.

Authorities had accused him of striking his 7-year-old daughter on the face, leaving a bruise from his wedding ring.

Arambula has said he spanked his daughter for discipline in December but did not hit her face. His attorneys said his daughter was an unreliable witness looking for attention.

He is the father of three daughters and a former emergency room doctor.

The Democratic lawmaker has been on leave from the state Assembly during the case.

A spokeswoman in his office and one for Speaker Anthony Rendon did not immediately comment.

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