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Man accused of punching child in face because of church tardiness

Angel Rivera arrested, taken to Orange County Jail

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A 49-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Orange County on allegations of punching a child in the face because the child wasn't getting ready for church quickly enough.

Angel Rivera was arrested on charges of child abuse and battery (domestic violence).

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the child, whose age was not released, was getting ready to go to church with Rivera, but the child was having trouble putting on shoes because of an ankle brace.

According to deputies, the child said Rivera got upset, so the child went into a room and tried to close the door. Rivera tried to stop the child, but the door hit him in the face, deputies said.

Rivera was able to get into the room and punched the child in the face, deputies said. The child, who was bleeding and had a black and blue eye, was taken to a hospital, deputies said.

Rivera was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.