Man kicked, slapped daughter, 3

A Blenheim man kicked his 3-year-old daughter into a door and slapped her twice in the face, police say.

The 41-year-old man admitted two charges of assaulting the child when he appeared in Blenheim District Court yesterday and was granted interim name suppression to protect the girl's identity.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said the first assault happened when the man was at his brother's house on November 11 and the pair went outside for a smoke. The child followed and was playing outside, but the man told her to go inside when it started raining, he said.

Feeling the child was not walking fast enough, the man kicked her on the bottom, knocking her into the door, he said.

His brother confronted him about the kick, Mr Harris said.

Later that night the man was at home with his partner and his uncle, who was serving dinner. His uncle asked the girl to sit on the floor before giving her a plate, but again the man thought the girl was not obeying fast enough and took the plate off her before slapping her in the face and telling her to use her ears, he said.

It appeared aggression towards the preschooler was an ongoing occurrence, Mr Harris said.

Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said the man and his partner were looking to take a parenting course. Judge Richard Russell remanded the man for sentencing on January 28 to allow for a pre-sentence report to be written.

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