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TEXARKANA, Texas —A Texarkana man accused of biting a 9-year-old girl and shaking his head "like a dog" was indicted Thursday for injury to a child by a Bowie County grand jury.

Trumaine Newell, 20, was allegedly alone with the girl and her siblings June 24 while her mother was at work, according to a probable cause affidavit. Newell allegedly became angry because the children had taken some cake they were not supposed to have.

Newell allegedly took the girl into a room and sat on her head, making it difficult for her to breathe. When the girl screamed for help, Newell allegedly whipped her with an orange dog leash. The girl reported that she bit Newell on the arm in an attempt to get him off of her.

Newell allegedly responded by lifting the girl's shirt and biting her on her back while shaking his head "like a dog does when it bites," according to the affidavit.

The girl's mother reported the alleged biting assault June 30 to the Bowie County Sheriff's Office. She told deputies she was unaware of the alleged assault until she touched her daughter's back and the girl cried out in pain.

The girl reportedly told a forensic interviewer that Newell has been violent with her and her siblings on other occasions. The ages of the girl's siblings is not identified.

Newell is currently being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $500,000. If convicted of injury to a child he faces two to 20 years in prison.

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