Man accused of punching 7-month-old in the face

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Eric Cicalese. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Eric Cicalese. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Chandler man is accused of punching a 7-month-old girl in the face after her mother discovered she couldn't open her eye.

While at work on the night of Jan. 30, police said the mother called one of her daughters to check in on them. The girl said her baby couldn't open her eye and that it was swollen.

The woman rushed home from work and confronted her boyfriend, Eric Cicalese, who was watching the kids, police said. He allegedly told her it was just "pink eye."

The mother took her baby to the hospital and the staff there said the girl's face was swollen and there was bruising on her face, according to court documents. She had bruises and swelling on both her arms.

Police said during an interview, all three children said they heard Cicalese slapping something and yelling while in his bedroom with the baby the night before.

According to officers, when they tried to arrest Cicalese, he started a two-hour standoff at a motel before being taken into custody.

Police said Cicalese denied the abuse but admitted to being drunk and not remembering the details of that night. He blamed the baby's injury on possibly falling off the bed.

The 42-year-old has multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants and has previous convictions for DUI, aggravated assault, theft, and more.

He now faces two counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated domestic violence.

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