A 49-year-old man is accused of beating his daughter and holding her down as his pit bull bit and scratched her Sunday night, deputies reported.Julian Maynard Saunders was watching the Super Bowl and drinking at his brother's house earlier in the day. When he returned to the home in the 10300 block of Southeast 148th Place, he got into an argument with his 19-year-old daughter at about 11:30 p.m., according to Marion County Sheriff's reports.
The argument started after Saunders noticed the girl had a space heater turned on in her room. He went outside and got his dog and stood in the hallway with the dog as he yelled obscenities at the girl. As the pair continued to argue, Saunders grabbed the girl by the face, slammed her into the wall and took her to the ground as the dog started to bite and scratch at her legs, reports state.
When the girl's mother entered the room, she saw Saunders holding the girl down while the pit bull attacked the girl. The girl's mother tried to intervene and the dog turned on her and bit her left arm, reports stated.
The woman told deputies that Saunders often gets the dog, who is aggressive, to use as intimidation during arguments.
The woman and her daughter left the house and went to The Villages Regional Hospital, where the sheriff's office was called. Both woman had several minor scratches and bite marks.
Investigators went to the home, but Saunders was not there. They observed blood on the floor and signs of a struggle. Saunders was found at his brother's home and he told investigators that he was attacked.
Saunders was charged with felony domestic battery and was booked into the Marion County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
The dog now is under home quarantine, according to the Marion County Public Information Office.