Man charged with hitting kids, leaving them to buy alcohol

LANTANA, FL (WFLX) - Brian Hatton has been arrested and charged with child abuse and child neglect by the Lantana police.

Hatton according to his arrest was supposed to watch the children of his girlfriend while she worked in unincorporated Lake Worth.

The woman told investigators that when she returned to the motel room that they were living in nobody answered the door.

One of the children finally opened the door after she waited 15 minutes, according to police.

The woman told officers that her children had severe bruising and cuts on their face and neck.

Hatton told investigators that he hit the children because he had been drinking and lost his temper.

Police say that Hatton told them that he left the children alone in the motel room while he went out to buy more alcohol.

Hatton was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Tuesday.

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