Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson filed charges Monday afternoon against a Jefferson City man accused of abusing his young daughter Saturday at Capital Mall.
Bruce Cannady Jr., 23, is charged with second-degree domestic assault and abuse or neglect of a child.
Witnesses said Cannady punched and kicked the girl before driving off with her, according to police reports.
Officers used video of the incident to identify Cannady and eventually located him and the 4-year-old victim at a Jefferson City residence.
Police described the girl's physical injuries from the assault as "obvious but minor." She was taken into protective custody.