CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- A Chattanooga father and husband spent Christmas in jail for allegedly assaulting his family.

Police say 31-year-old Chad Stephens got upset because his kids made a mess opening Christmas gifts.

He's accused of slapping and punching his nine-year-old, then pushing his wife when she tried to stop him.

Stephens denied the abuse, claiming his wife told his children what to say.

He faces assault, child abuse, and neglect charges.