Maui officer arrested in abuse of daughter

A Maui police officer was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly slapping his 13-year-old daughter and sending her to the hospital, police said.

Nelson Johnson, 46, was later released from custody at the Wailuku Police Station after posting $2,000 in bail. He was charged with abuse of a family or household member.

The incident was reported at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday when Johnson slapped his daughter following an argument at her Wailuku residence, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. The girl fell backwards, hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioner and suffered a concussion, he said.

Her mother called police and the girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she was later released in good condition, Rego said.

Johnson was arrested at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, and police are investigating an additional second-degree assault charge, Rego said.

Police spokesman Lt. William Juan said Johnson’s employment status was not immediately known following his arrest. Johnson is an 18-year veteran of the Maui Police Department.