LITCHFIELD, N.H. (AP) – A Litchfield police lieutenant has retired amid charges that he assaulted his teenage daughter and kicked the family kitten.

Police Chief Joseph O’Brion says James Gaudet retired April 30. He had been with the department for 14 years.

Gaudet had been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested on domestic assault and animal cruelty charges after an incident on Christmas Eve at his Manchester home. He is charged with grabbing his 19-year-old daughter by the throat and pushing her up against a door and kicking the family kitten after the pet climbed on the Christmas tree.

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