COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Authorities have charged a Council Bluffs man accused of spanking his 2-year-old so hard she was left with several bruises.

Court records say 25-year-old Ryan Rapier is charged with felony child endangerment resulting in injury. His attorney didn’t immediately return a message Friday from The Associated Press.

The Daily Nonpareil reports ( ) that the girl’s godmother had noticed bruises on the girl’s face, legs and bottom, and she told investigators that Rapier had said the girl had fallen out of her crib.

Rapier told investigators that he’d spanked the girl twice Monday because she kept getting out of her crib and throwing things around the bedroom. He said he lost his temper and didn’t mean to hurt the child.

Information from: The Daily Nonpareil,

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