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Arlington County police have turned over the case of a teen girl given a “significant head injury” by her diplomat father to the State Department. The girl was injured Monday night at the family’s home in the 4000 block of 27th Road North in Arlington. Police say the girl was struck by her father, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea, who enjoys diplomatic immunity. He’s identified as Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue. “Following a verbal dispute among a father and daughter, the father picked up a wooden chair leg and struck her several times causing a pretty large laceration to the back of her head and a swollen eye,” says Dustin Sternbeck, spokesman for Arlington County Police. Sternbeck says police responded to the ambassador’s residence around 9:30 Monday night and determined that “a malicious wounding had occurred.” The girl was taken to Virginia Hospital Center with what Sternbeck describes as “non-life threatening” but a “pretty significant head injury.” Ambassador Nsue was questioned but not taken into custody. “Arlington County Police Department did not arrest or charge the subject involved in this case as he is an ambassador and has full diplomatic immunity, therefore Arlington County Police Department does not have jurisdiction,” Sternbeck says. Instead, police notified the State Department. “The State Department is deeply concerned by the alleged assault,” says a State Department spokesperson, who asks not to be named. According to the webpage of the Equatorial Guinea Embassy, Ambassador Nsue presented his credentials to President Obama in September 2013. He is a former Minister of Justice and Religion in Equatorial Guinea.