Police: Man arrested for kicking 5-year-old girl

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RJ Mark Rudolph was arrested on Wednesday after police said he  kicked a 5-year-old girl who was talking on the phone with her father.

Rudolph, who will be  25 on July 13, was charged with child abuse and assault and battery.

He  appeared before Superior Court Joseph N. Camacho who imposed a $5,000 cash bail on the defendant.

As Rudolph is unemployed, Assistant Public Defender Vina Seelam was appointed to represent him.

Seelam asked the court to order the release of Rudolph if he could post $500 or 10% of the bail amount.

But Assistant Attorney General Samantha Vickery, who represented the government, opposed the modification of bail, citing the seriousness of the alleged offense. She also raised the issue of where Rudolph would stay if released.

Judge Camacho denied the request to modify bail, adding that the defendant might end up in the house where the 5-year-old girl lives.

The judge, however, allowed the defense counsel to propose a suitable third-party custodian for Rudolph.

The father of the girl reported the incident to the Department of Public Safety on June 26, according to the DPS complaint and affidavit of probable cause in support of the issuance of an arrest warrant.

The father told police that as he was talking to his daughter on the phone last week Friday she cried out in pain suddenly. When he asked what happened, the girl told her father, “RJ kicked me.”

On June 30, the Division of Youth Services conducted a forensic interview with the girl.

She told police that RJ kicked her hard on her left ankle. She said Rudolph is not nice to her and she feels that he does not like her. The girl also said that she does not feel safe around Rudolph.

After the hearing on Wednesday, Rudolph was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and ordered to return to court on July 10 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing, and on July 13 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

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