Cody Gibson, 18 of Fort Payne, Ala., has been arrested in Calhoun in connection with an assault that resulted in the hospitalization of his 1-year-old daughter.

Reports said that on Aug. 5, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to Hi-Tech Fuel in reference to a 12-month-old infant who had sustained an injury to her leg.  Shortly after officers arrived, they were told the child had been transported to Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton for treatment. Officers met with Cody Gibson, who identified himself as the child’s adoptive father. Gibson stated he may have slammed the child into her car seat a bit too hard and caused the injury.

“At this stage in the investigation, the evidence points to intentional excessive force inflicted on the child by Gibson as the cause of the injury,” says Chief Tony Pyle.

Gibson faces charges of cruelty to children and  felony aggravated battery.