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Documents: 7-year-old girl says mom's boyfriend hit her in stomach with toy

Ulysses Valdez is accused of beating his girlfriend's children, police say.

A Las Cruces man is facing child abuse charges.

In July, police were told that Ulysses Valdez was abusing his girlfriend's children, ages 3 and 7 years old.

In the last 24 hours, police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Valdez’ girlfriend told police he was using methamphetamine causing his behavior to turn violent.

In the arrest report, police say Valdez punched the 7-year-old girl in the stomach using a toy monster truck.

Investigators reported that they found bruising on the little girl’s left side and a bruise was found on the 3-year old's cheek.

Records state the 7-year-old girl also witnessed Valdez abusing her mother.

When the girl tried to stop the abuse, police say Valdez slapped her in the face causing her nose and lip to bleed.

According to court records, the girl's mother confirmed with investigators that Valdez had suffered a "busted lip" when her daughter intervened in the domestic dispute.

The mother pushed Valdez and told him not to hit her daughter, the court documents state.

A spokesperson with a local children's advocacy center said it’s important for people to know they can always get help.

“We’re here to help in any crisis situation to see who do we need to get involved? Do we need to call law enforcement, to do a welfare check on the children in the home,” said Angelica Calderon with La Pinon Children's Advocacy Center.

The 7-year-old also reported to the Children Youth and Families Department that she would see Valdez smoking what she described as marijuana in their home.

When Valdez was arrested, police say they found a little more than a gram of meth in his pocket.

Today we spoke with his mother who didn’t want to go on camera but says, she’s heartbroken, and that there’s two sides to every story.

Valdez is currently being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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