Ardmore police responded to a domestic abuse incident involving a three-month-old child Wednesday.

APD Sgt. Brice Woolly said officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of NE 6th Ave. around 10:58 a.m. “The mother reported that this child had been hit during an altercation between the parents,” Woolly said.

Dispatchers called Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Services to the scene as a precautionary method, Woolly said. However, there were no outward injuries or marks to the child, he said.

“There was no evidence that he intentionally struck the child, it was just that she was holding the child during the physical altercation,” Woolly said.

The victim had minor redness to her face and head and reported that the 20-year-old suspect had slapped or hit her in the face a couple of times, Woolly said. “There was enough evidence that the officer believed the incident did happen,” he said.

Officers are unsure what led up to the incident, however, the woman reported that they were arguing because “he wanted to hang out with his friends and do drugs,” Woolly said.

The couple had been living in the residence together and the suspect is believed to be the child’s father. The suspect is now facing complaints for domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

If you or someone you know experiences domestic violence, The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma offers services, including counseling and crisis services. The 24 hour Crisis Hotline number is (580) 226-6424.