Washington man uses bat to stop father from beating child

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VANCOUVER, Washington — A 2-year-old toddler is in critical condition after her father, 32-year-old Kyle Stephen Holder, threw her out of a motel window, threw her on the ground and stomped on her repeatedly, WXIA reports.

Clark County police were called around 9 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a disturbance with a baseball bat outside a motel on Highway 99 when they found a witness of the incident had stopped Holder’s attack by confronting him and hitting him with the bat.

“I reached behind my door and grabbed my baseball bat and chased him onto the street,” said Don Gilbert, the witness. “I hit him once in the back. He had the baby by the feet, took her to the curb and slammed her down. That’s when I cracked him the in skull three or four times.”

Gilbert said he kept saying that “God is coming for everyone” and that Holder had to get the evil out of the baby.

“I had to hold my daughter and crush her head so she could go up to the sky,” Holder said when he arrived at the hospital, a court document said.

The toddler was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for severe injuries.

Holder has been charged with attempted murder.