HOUSTON -

A Houston man is behind bars after being accused of severely beating his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.

Juan Hernandez is charged with felony injury to a child.

Police say Hernandez told them that he found the girl in pain.

However, according to court documents, a pediatrician who treated the girl told police that the girl's injuries were caused by a forceful blow to the stomach.

The girl's injuries required several surgeries.

Hernandez is being held at the Harris County jail on a $60,000 bond.