A man stopped short of using a kitchen knife on a man who owed him money because his young niece was between them, officials said.

Jesus M. Molina told his brother-in-law, Luis D. Ortiz, whom he had severely beaten, that he was "lucky" his 2-year-old daughter was in front of him on a bed or else he would have stabbed him with a six-inch blade he had in his hand, officials said.

Ortiz was lying on the bed after Molina punched Ortiz in the head repeatedly and kicked him several times in the head and body while wearing steel-tipped work boots in a bedroom in Molina's home at 1836 Livingston St., Bethlehem, around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Ortiz sat on the bed behind his young daughter after the beating, which caused his ear to swell and bleed and injuries to his torso, officials said.

Before Molina got the knife from the kitchen, he told Ortiz, "This ain't over. I've got something for you," officials said.

Molina assaulted Ortiz because his brother-in-law owed him money, they added.

Molina, 32, charged with aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 4.