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A Ruston man faces second-degree battery changes today after a weekend altercation with his father-in-law.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Matthew Allen Smith, 21, of 215 Brothers Road, around 1:30 a.m. today. Smith reportedly told officers he went to his father-in-law’s house on Highway 151 in an attempt to see his infant daughter, who was staying with her grandfather while her mother was hospitalized.

But when Smith arrived, his father-in-law told him to leave. Smith then attempted to hit the other man, but missed, according to the arrest affidavit.

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