UPDATE: Richmond County School Board candidate out of jail

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW)- The Richmond County School Board candidate charged with battery after allegedly hitting his daughter is out of jail.

Bond was set at $5,000. The Richmond County Jail says he's no longer in behind bars.

James Swanagan was arrested on simple battery family violence charges.

According the deputy report, an officer was conducting a routine area check when he witnessed Swanagan holding his daughter's hair and hitting her with a belt.

When the officers stopped, Swanagan let go of 29-year-old Kimberly Swanagan. The report says Kimberley Swanagan began yelling that her farther was hitting her for no reason.

Deputies say it all happened when Kimberley Swanagan went to her father's home to pick up her son. The two then got into an argument.

Kimberly Swanagan states that her father pushed her to the ground after she refused to speak to him. She says he then told another person to get him a belt, and then he began to hit her with it. The incident continued outside where the officer saw it happen.

Meanwhile, James Swanagan claims his daughter called his fiancee a derogatory name, and he was hitting her because she was being disrespectful towards him.

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