Preacher Surrenders at the Bay County Jail on Child Abuse Charges

Forty-four-year-old Marcus Bishop is charged with felony child abuse for slapping his 15-year-old daughter. Both of his daughters live in Alabama with their mother, but were visiting Bishop this week in Panama City Beach.

According to the arrest warrant, Bishop hit his daughter across the face hard enough to knock off her glasses.

Two hours after the incident when the police were called, the teenager still had a hand print on her face and there were visible welts.

Bishop's attorney, Waylon Graham, says the case is just bogus. "She was standing in her daddy's face, screaming and hollering and calling him a dumb “a-hole” and at that point Rev. Bishop smacked her on the cheek and told her to hush, and here we are."

Bishop is the pastor at The Faith Christian Family Church on Back Beach Road at Panama City Beach.

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