Man arrested for allegedly lifting toddler by throat

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FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Authorities apprehended and booked a father accused of picking up his toddler by her throat earlier this year.

Police say on April 20 this year, Joshua Angell, 31, lifted his 4-year-old daughter by the throat when he was changing her diaper. Her face struck a door jamb, causing injury to her cheek and eye.

According to the Probable Cause statement, the alleged child abuse occurred on April 20, 2013.

Records state that Angell was "celebrating '4-20'" by smoking "high-grade weed" and after his daughter soiled herself, he picked her up by the throat to change and clean her and her face struck a door jamb causing injury to her cheek and eye area.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, "Drugs and kids don't mix and our children deserve the best lives we, as parents, can provide. Studies have found that child abuse cases are often associated with either alcohol or other drug use within the home - up to 80% according to one study. I thank the Violent Offender Taskforce for their hard work and dedication to ensuring potentially dangerous offenders are taken off the streets so my office can in turn seek justice for the victims."

The arrest was a result of a June 5 indictment filed by the Pinal County Attorney's Office.