Family says they watched Weld County sheriff’s deputy choke and lift daughter during argument
Children of a Weld County sheriff’s deputy recounted watching their father choke their sister as he lifted her up by the neck.
Derek Kinch, 32, a Weld County sheriff’s deputy in the courts division, didn’t like the length of his daughter’s shorts and the ensuing argument turned violent, according to court documents containing excerpts from interviews with the family. The girl’s name and age were redacted from the documents.
On Tuesday, authorities arrested Kinch on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony, and child abuse, a misdemeanor.
The sheriff’s office began an investigation into the allegations late this past week and also started an internal investigation. Kinch was placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of his court proceedings, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Kinch has been with the sheriff’s office since 2008.
The argument and alleged choking took place July 15 in the 11000 block of Montgomery Circle in unincorporated Weld County near Longmont. Almost a week later, Kinch’s daughter still complained about neck pain, and her mother took her to a Longmont hospital, according to court documents. Longmont police contacted the Weld County Sheriff’s Office when they found out about the incident Friday.
The affidavit details interviews with the girl, her sibling and mother in which they recount Kinch grabbing her by the back of the neck with one hand, pushing her against the wall and then grabbing the front of her throat with his other hand as he lifted her off the ground — all because Kinch felt her shorts weren’t long enough, and his daughter disagreed.
Kinch said he never grabbed his daughter’s throat and never choked her.
Kinch’s wife, Virginia Kinch, 31, said her daughter had worn the shorts several times before without her husband saying anything.
But that day she said she watched what appeared to be her husband choking their daughter and trying to lift her off the ground. She said she did nothing because she knew it would only make it worse.
Virginia Kinch showed authorities a photo of marks on her daughter’s neck she said her husband left.
According to court documents, the photo showed a small red spot on the lower middle-left side of the girl’s neck and some possible discoloration and redness behind the girl’s right ear.
Virginia Kinch told authorities her husband has always been verbally abusive during their relationship and started to become more violent with the kids during the past couple of years. She said she tried to leave, but her husband controls everything from the family’s finances to the people with whom they’re allowed to associate.
Virginia Kinch told a detective her husband has said several times he would kill her and his family if “he loses everything,” according to the court documents.
Kinch was released from the Weld County Jail on a $25,000 bond according to information from the jail Wednesday. The Weld District Attorney’s Office has until Friday to formally file charges.
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