COVINGTON -- Family members of a 17-year-old girl who attacked her Saturday afternoon with a stun gun, apparently with the intention of forcing her to accompany them, were arrested and taken to jail, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Stepfather Douglas Dampier, 56, of Melbourne, Florida; mother Lori Dampier, 51, of McDonough, were charged with trespassing, aggravated assault (Family Violence Act); and Harold Condo, 53, also of McDonough, who was videotaping the incident, was charged with trespassing.
The 17-year-old girl had apparently been staying with a Conyers woman for the past year. The two of them went to 326 Mt. Tabor Road in Oxford, where they have a horse boarded at the stables there, about 2:15 Saturday afternoon.
"While there, they saw Douglas Dampier holding one of the horses and then (the girl's) mother approached her and demanded that she come with them. They had a stun gun with them," Crum said. "Harold Condo was taping the whole incident with a video camera."
Crum said the girl didn't want to go and that's when things apparently got rough.
"Douglas grabbed her, allegedly pulling her hair and put his knee near her throat and was choking her, trying to drag her off the property by the hair," Crum said. "The mother was trying to help remove the girl and hit her several times and used the stun gun ... "
Crum said there were several other people at the stables at the time and they intervened on behalf of the young girl.
"They grabbed the father and took him to the ground and held him. They knocked the stun gun away from the mother and she was also taken to the ground," he said. "Deputies arrived and Harold Condo showed them the video that was taken and they arrested him, as well."
Crum said the mother of the girl alleged that the FBI, the Henry County DA and her own attorney had told her she could take her adult daughter off the property by force and that she had a court order to that effect. She was unable to produce any documentation.