A Kingston man was convicted of domestic violence and child endangerment Thursday after he flew into a rage when his 5-year-old daughter interrupted him during an Xbox gaming session, prosecutors said.
In the original incident, 29-year-old Fabian Rodriguez was playing a game on the popular console when his daughter interrupted him. When Rodriguez became upset, authorities said, the girl's mother tried to intercede.
That's when Rodriguez struck the mother of his child, broke her cellphone and tore her shirt, the Ulster County district attorney's office said. Prosecutors did not say when Rodriguez was arrested and did not return a call Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors said their case was "hampered by the lack of cooperation of the victim," saying they subpoenaed the mother of Rodriguez's daughter but that she did not respond.
Because he had contact with the victim after authorities imposed an order of protection, and because he allegedly persuaded the woman to ignore orders to testify, Rodriguez was additionally charged with witness tampering, violating an order of protection and contempt. Those charges are pending, and authorities said they may lodge a probation violation charge against the Kingston man.
On Thursday, Rodriguez was convicted of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment, a violation. He does not have attorney information on file.
Rodriguez is currently on parole for second-degree burglary. That conviction stems from a 2007 break-in, when Rodriguez and an accomplice broke into a Kingston home while the owner was asleep and stole a handbag. According to published reports at the time, a police dog tracked Rodriguez's scent to the next house and cops found Rodriguez hiding in a closet, arresting him but not before the police dog sank its teeth into Rodriguez's leg.
The handbag was returned to the owner and Rodriguez was treated at a hospital.