ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man admitted repeatedly punching and kicking his wife’s 2-year-old daughter because he believed the girl was a spoiled princess.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Bishop pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Wednesday for a series of assaults between March and May.

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Police say the abuse was reported by a relative who noticed the girl missing clumps of hair and walking with a limp. Officers who interviewed Bishop say he told them he beat the girl to make her tougher.

Lehigh County Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Falk says Bishop made no effort to hide the abuse from his wife.

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The girl’s mother, Candace Watts, pleaded guilty Wednesday to child endangerment and agreed to testify at Bishop’s Jan. 25 sentencing.

The couple was married a few days before their arrests in June.

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