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A Peabody man has been charged with beating his 11-year-old daughter with a belt — and trying to strangle her— for installing Snapchat.

The incident occurred late Saturday evening when Sean Nguyen, 31, discovered the app on his daughter’s cellphone, Peabody police said.

Nguyen became enraged and grabbed the girl by the neck before beating her with the belt, police said.

Relatives heard the commotion and contacted authorities, Peabody police spokesman Captain Dennis Bonaiuto said.

Nguyen was arrested Tuesday afternoon when he entered the Salem District Court on an unrelated case, Bonaiuto said.

The 11-year-old was not injured, and the Department of Children & Families was informed, Bonaiuto said.

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“Thankfully, things like this don’t happen too often. Cases like this don’t usually stem from a disciplinary issue,” Bonaiuto said.

Nguyen was arraigned Wednesday afternoon at Peabody District Court on charges of strangulation and assault and battery on a child with injury.

He was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a dangerousness hearing.


Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.