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02/19/2013 06:50 pm ET | Updated Feb 20, 2013

Fernando Gonzalez, NYC Man, Allegedly Maced 6-Year-Old Girl In Bronx Laundromat (VIDEO)

A New York City man who allegedly maced a father and a 6-year-old girl in a laundromat over the weekend has surrendered himself to the police, reports say.

According to New York Daily News, authorities said Fernando Gonzalez first assaulted 47-year-old Derrick Dunn at a Bronx laundromat on Saturday evening before macing the man and his young daughter.

Police say that Dunn and Gonzalez's girlfriend had argued earlier in the laundromat -- a dustup that may have prompted Gonzalez's actions. However, there are conflicting reports as to what the quarrel had been about.

The NYPD released surveillance footage of the attack on Monday, and Gonzalez is said to have surrendered a few hours later. He has been charged with assault.

This is not the first time in recent years that a child has been a victim of mace or pepper-spray.

In 2010, an Ohio father was accused of macing his 2-month-old daughter. According to Fox 19 News, Gregory Tate sprayed the mace in the vicinity of his child during an argument with the infant's mother.

In 2011, ABC reported that an 8-year-old Colorado boy had been pepper-sprayed by police officers in his school. Second-grade student Aidan Elliot was reportedly pepper-sprayed after he "threatened to kill his teachers" during a violent tantrum.

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