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NCSO: Dad charged with cruelty

COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy was flagged down Sunday evening by a mother who alleged her child's father had abused the young child.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison, the deputy determined after hearing what the mother had to say and evidence apparent on the 9-year-old child that there was probable cause to make an arrest.

"There was excessive bruising on the child, which was not generally consistent with corporal punishment," Morrison said.

Deputies located the father at 333 First St. after the resident of that address told deputies he was not at that location.

Marcus Donaldson, 36, of 50 Woodstone Lane was arrested and charged with second degree child cruelty and battery under the Family Violence Act.

Tracy Epps, 36, of the First Street address was also arrested and charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers.

In other crime news, a woman notified the NCSO on Sunday that her ex-boyfriend had assaulted her and another resident at her house, as well as doing extensive property damage when he came to pick up some of his clothing.

Morrison said the complainant had allowed her ex-boyfriend to retrieve some clothes left in a suitcase and while at her residence on Old Concord Road, he began damaging property with a pool stick.

"When the complainant tried to stop him, he pushed her up against the wall and also threw a wrench at another resident in the home, striking him in the knee," Morrison explained. "He damaged quite a bit of property with the pool stick."

Most of the damage was inflicted on electronic equipment including a computer, a stereo and speakers, a cell phone and a 19-inch TV. Apparently the pool sticks also belonged at the home as several sticks and a pool table were also listed as damaged.

The injured victims both refused medical treatment.

Morrison said the case is still under investigation and noted the NCSO had answered several previous calls recently at the same location.