Man charged with cruelty to children

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a man involved in a fight with his wife, but who allegedly took it out on his children by not allowing them to eat all day, according to an NCSO incident report.

The Citizen is withholding the man's name to protect the identity of his family.

According to the report, the NCSO was summoned around 3:45 p.m. on July 23 by the mother of the children, whom deputies found standing in front of her house crying. She told deputies her husband was in the house with her children and refused to let her in, the report states.

She told deputies he had not hit her, although the husband came out of the house as the deputies were walking toward the front door, screaming, "You want to take me to jail? Take me to jail." The report states he would not answer the deputy's questions or listen to what he was saying, continuously yelling at his wife.

"Finally, he walked past me towards his vehicle, and jumped towards his wife as if he was going to hit her (just to scare her), then he continued to walk to his vehicle when he noticed her jump back away from him and start crying again," the report states.

The man then allegedly continued to his vehicle, ignoring the deputy's commands to stop until the deputy threatened to Taser him.

He stopped and the deputy placed him in handcuffs, which prompted the husband to hurl expletives at his wife.

When the deputy spoke with the wife she said her husband had "lost his temper and broke her cell phones in front of her and the children. She stated he head-butted the front door and the kids had not eaten all day because every time she made them something, he would come and throw it in the garbage," the report states.

The deputy reported that the wife also said he had threatened to hit her with a metal spoon.

When the deputy went into the house he saw "the children were crying and shaking as they told me the same story ... they said they were scared of their daddy and they thought he was going to hurt mommy," the report states. "(The wife) said that she walked out of the front door to get away from him, and he closed the door locking it, while telling the children she walked away because she was abandoning them."

The husband was charged with two counts of child cruelty in the second degree and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com