Man Who Inspired Hit Taylor Swift Song Arrested for Alleged Child Abuse

Andrew Hardwick has been accused of hitting two young girls

Photo: Hendersonville Police Department

Andrew Hardwick – the man who inspired Taylor Swift's hit country song "Teardrops on My Guitar" – was arrested for alleged child abuse in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on Saturday, according to authorities.

Hendersonville Police said they charged three people – Andrew, 27, Christopher Hardwick, 34, and Joni Hardwick, 44 – after a 3-year-old girl suffered severe bruising and lacerations on her head and a concussion. Detective Sgt. Jim Vaughn told PEOPLE she was airlifted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and has since been released.

Police responded to a call at a home in Hendersonville shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday. According to affidavits obtained by PEOPLE, the victims' mother Amber Hardwick said her girls were with Andrew on another floor before her 5-year-old daughter came downstairs and explained that he hit her. The older child also told officers Andrew struck her in the face, but she did not require medical attention, police said.

Christopher, Andrew's half-brother, told authorities he saw Andrew strike the 3-year-old girl in the face, resulting in the injuries, the affidavits reveal. Police said Christopher claimed he and Andrew consumed a large amount of alcohol in the hours leading up to the incident.

Officers claimed Christopher's behavior was "extremely belligerent" and he appeared intoxicated as he approached police holding the 3-year-old girl. He is accused of shoving and pushing an officer when they tried to calm him and appearing prone to fight when an officer attempted to take the child. Joni put up a fight inside the house, shoving one officer and kicking another in the chest, police said.

Andrew was charged with aggravated child abuse and child abuse. His bail was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 10.

Joni, whose relation to the victim is not clear, faces simple assault on an officer and resisting arrest charges. She was released under $1,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Feb. 8.

Christopher was cited for assault and disorderly conduct and will appear before a judge on Jan. 25.

Andrew, one of Swift's love interests from high school, is mentioned in her 2007 single "Teardrops on My Guitar." "Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see / That I want and I'm needing everything that we should be," Swift, now 26, sings in the hit.

The star discussed her song and an experience with Andrew during an interview with The Washington Post in 2008. "He showed up at my house when I was leaving to go to a hockey game with Kellie [Pickler] and Carrie [Underwood], Swift explained. "This car pulls up and two guys get out, and one of them is Drew. I hadn't talked to him in two and a half years. He was like, 'Hey, how's it going?' And I'm like, 'Wow, you're late? Good to see you?'"

Swift continued, "But we were civilized. I have theories about what he was doing. He had his friend with him, so maybe he was trying to prove to people that the song really is about him or whatever. Or maybe he was really trying to be friends. Or maybe he thought I was still pining away from him. Whatever!"

Andrew Hardwick could not be reached for comment.

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