Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the United States is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg but will not be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said.
Arlington County Police were called to the diplomatic residence on Monday night after a report of a man beating a girl. Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said on Wednesday that the girl had sustained a "significant laceration" to her head, bruises and a swollen eye. She was taken to Virginia Hospital Centre.
The diplomatic residence in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, is the home of ambassador Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue.
The news site ARLNow.com first reported the incident.
A State Department official said the agency was in contact with local authorities but could not discuss the incident further because such matters were handled through government-to-government channels.
The embassy of Equatorial Guinea declined to discuss the incident on Wednesday. But a spokeswoman confirmed that a girl had been taken to hospital.
Late on Wednesday, a woman who answered a telephone number provided by the embassy said the ambassador's 16-year-old daughter was fine and was in good spirits.
The woman, who spoke in Spanish, refused to give her name. She said the ambassador was busy hosting guests and could not talk to the media.
Arlington police were previously called to the home for a separate domestic incident in December 2013, Sternbeck said. But there were no arrests or charges in that case, either, due to diplomatic immunity.