Bullets strike home in apparent drive-by shooting

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a drive-by shooting that occurred on Pebble Brooke Court Friday around 11:45 p.m.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the complainants said they were eating dinner in the kitchen when several shots rang out and entered the residence.

The incident report states that three people got down on the floor and crawled to a nearby bedroom where a 1-month-old baby was asleep. No one was injured in the incident, but bullets struck the windshield of an automobile, the trunk of an automobile, the garage door and damaged drywall and tile inside the home.

"Right now we're investigating the incident to find out exactly who did this," Mitchell said. "We're asking for the public's help."

Mitchell said anyone who wants to give information can remain anonymous by calling 678-625-5007 or going to the NCSO Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on anonymous tips and sending an email.

In other crime news, Wellspring Animal Hospital at 55 Crowell Road was burglarized around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

A receptionist arriving for work Saturday morning said she noticed a hole in the wall and the cash drawer in the floor. A security camera captured the image of a short black male climbing through the hole and rummaging through a desk. He left through the rear door.

Mitchell said the incident is under investigation.

Also, NCSO deputies answered a call involving a fight between a mother and her 14-year-old daughter.

According to the NCSO incident report, the mother admitted when questioned that she hit her daughter in the mouth. The deputy asked where the daughter was and the mother told him she was in the house.

"I approached the house and observed blood drops on the sidewalk coming from the residence," the incident report states. "I then made contact with the juvenile ... her front teeth were detached from her gums and she was missing at least one tooth."

The report states EMS arrived and began caring for the girl and the deputy went back outside and asked the mother where the altercation began. She told him they were in the bedroom and when the deputy checked that room he saw "a hard plastic cup on the bed laying beside a white card with blood on it. I also observed blood on the floor, wall, door and the telephone."

The deputy said he went to the ambulance and asked the young girl what her mother hit her with and she answered "a cup." He asked her if it was the one on the bed and she stated it was.

When asked the mother admitted she hit her daughter with the cup. The daughter was taken to Egleston Children's hospital and the mother, Kiersten Schovnne Barlow of 285 Trelawney Drive, went to jail and was charged with aggravated battery under the Family Violence Act.