Yes, it can be considered an assault or a battery or both.
Your husband needs a local criminal defense lawyer, now.
See my link below about talking to the police.
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Don't be surprised if the story the girl told to the police, and the story she is prepared to tell in court, is very different from the version you have posted here. You should retain an attorney experienced in the defense of criminal cases and you should discuss this matter with your attorney and with nobody else. Nobody means not the girl, not her family, not your family and friends, and absolutely not the police. And no imore internet postings, including Avvo.
Could it be considered assault? Sure. Anyone can call the police and say they were assaulted; and a prosecutor could decide to charge someone based on the scenario you posted, however inequitable that would seem. It's important that you find a local defense lawyer to help your husband. Do not talk to the police without an attorney. You do not know what this girl said to the cops, and you do not know if the police already believe her.
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You husband needs a good criminal defense laweyr IMMEDIATELY.
Why? Because apparently the person he tried to detain tells a very different story than your husband.
And, assaulting a child can be viewed as "injury to a child", a felony offense in Texas. Depending on the alleged injury, the possible punishment can range from 180 days in a "state jail" to lif in prison.
So, take no chances. Get a lawyer working on this today...the very best criminal defense lawyer you can afford.
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