9-year-old girl receives stitches after father strikes her on the head with broom

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 27, 2017

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man struck his 9-year-old daughter on the head with a broom because she didn’t want to exercise with the rest of the family, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

The incident happened in September. Rasheed Mustafa Hasan, 33, of the 1400 block of West Horah Street, was recently arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

The family was walking on a track at Knox Middle School when the assault occurred, according to police.

The girl and her family were exercising around the track at about 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday. The girl did not want to participate, police said. Hasan is accused of taking the nearest object he could find — a broom used to sweep the track — and hitting her on the head. The wound required stitches, said police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The girl’s mother reported the injuries to police.

Hasan was issued a $2,500 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

In June 2014, police charged Hasan with drug possession after he was spotted on a moped believed to be stolen. Police confiscated crack cocaine, pills and marijuana, according to records.

In February 2014, police charged Hasan after a confrontation with his neighbor, whom he accused of slamming his apartment door too loudly. The neighbor told police he was in his yard when Hasan approached him. He went inside to avoid an encounter, but Hasan followed the neighbor inside, reports said.

Hasan punched a glass window, kicked a door and threatened to beat the neighbor, reports said.

Hasan has a number of assault convictions that date to 2009.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.