A Bowling Green man was arrested Wednesday after his stepdaughter reported he threw a can of food at her.

Ricky Joe Carver, 36, was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal abuse and fourth-degree assault, police said.

An arrest citation said the Bowling Green Police Department responded to a city elementary school regarding a report of child abuse.

At the school, a 9-year-old girl said Carver had thrown a can of food at her Tuesday while inside their room at Western Hills Motel on Morgantown Road.

The girl’s older brother confirmed the incident, according to the citation, which also noted that the girl had a “large, significant bruise on her lower right abdomen where the can hit her.”

Police contacted the child’s mother, who reported that she was present when the incident happened but did not see Carver throw the can.

The mother said her child told her what had happened and she saw the bruise on her child’s body, police records show.

When the mother confronted Carver about the incident, he hit her in the head with his fist, according to the arrest citation.

Carver was arrested at the hotel room after admitting throwing the can at the child, his citation said.

He is in Warren County Regional Jail under a $6,000 cash bond.

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