James Olander Peace is charged with felony injury to a child, for slapping a 12-year-old boy across the face.
Peace’s wife spoke with us by phone, saying her husband was sticking up for her daughter after she was bullied by that 12-year-old boy and his friend while walking home from school.
Peace’s wife says, “Saying that her body was ugly, said that she was a transvestite, started throwing ice cream at her and then they picked up the rocks.”
She says her daughter called and asked for a ride home.
That’s when investigators say peace saw the 12-year-old walking.
Deer Park Police Lt. Chris Brown says, “On the drive home they happened to see the suspect juvenile walking and that’s when the stepdad decided to stop and confront the kid.”
A nearby surveillance camera caught the encounter.
Police say he was shouting at the 12-year-old boy, then hit him.
Lt. Brown says, “He was slapped across the face with an open hand, had red marks and swelling to his cheek and upper jaw.”
Court records say after that slap, this step-father threatened the boy not to tell police or he’d beat him up.
Peace’s wife says her husband’s emotions got the best of him.
Peace’s wife says, “I do not agree with what he did, he took it too far, he did.”