Newton authorities looking into allegations against Salem Road day care center

COVINGTON -- The parents of a 4-year-old child have filed a complaint with the Newton County Sheriff's Office against a teacher at First Steps Development Center at 3714 Salem Road after the child alleged her head was pushed into a toilet, among other injuries.

Investigators are looking into the complaints about the incident that occurred on Feb. 22, while the parents of the 4-year-old girl were out of town.

"The child was staying with family friends while the parents were out of town and when the friends picked her up from the day care, the girl told them a teacher grabbed her around the chest and by the front of her face and pushed her head into a toilet and called her stupid," said NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison. "The family friends did notify the parents immediately and the parents came in and filed a report on Feb. 29. Our Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the accusations."

Morrison said the little girl did have injuries that were consistent with somebody grabbing her on the face and chest, as well as a bump on her head that could be felt, but not seen.

In other crime news, a woman was arrested in connection with a fight with her husband Thursday night.

Idaiominique Porchea Vaughn of 270 Fieldview Lane was charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

When NCSO deputies arrived at the scene, they found the woman's husband standing outside a neighbor's residence bleeding from his chest, stomach and left arm.

He told deputies he and his wife got into an argument about a message erased from his phone.

"The victim stated his wife wanted the phone and he gave it to her ... (he) noticed the situation getting worse ... and he tried to get his clothes upstairs to get away but his wife was standing in his way and threw a glass at him," an NCSO incident report stated.

The report went on to say the husband said when his wife threw the glass, it hit a wall and broke.

"The victim told me his wife grabbed a piece of glass and started to stab and cut him on different parts of his upper body ... he ran away to the neighbor's residence for safety," the report stated.

Also, a man went to Newton Medical Center to be treated for injuries he received when he said he was accosted by four men. The Covington Police Department is investigating the incident.

The man said he was riding his bicycle toward Covington on Old Atlanta Highway Wednesday around 7 p.m.

"Upon arriving at the I-20 overpass bridge on Old Atlanta Highway, (the victim) stated that four unidentified black males came from the railroad tracks and punched him off of his bicycle," the CPD incident report states. "At that time (the victim) stated that the males began kicking him and stomping him ... a couple of the males went through his pockets."

The victim said he does not carry anything on his person, so the men were unable to rob him. They left him and fled in the direction of Oxford, according to the report.

The victim said the perpetrators knocked out one of his teeth and he went to the hospital because he continued to have pain in his chest and stomach.

Also, a man who allegedly admitted to a Newton County deputy that he had been drinking, damaged property at three neighboring homes when his Pontiac Transport crashed into their property Thursday afternoon about 3:30.

According to an NCSO incident report, a witness said he saw the gold-colored vehicle traveling south on Mills Creek Lane "at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. They said it jumped the curb at 150, knocked down the mailbox, then knocked down a large ash tree at 160, and then flipped and landed against a tree at 170 Mills Creek Lane," the incident report states.

The case is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Also on Thursday afternoon about 3:15, a Locust Grove man reported he was driving on Brown Bridge Road and as he passed The Oaks golf course, a ball struck the windshield of his 2001 Ford F-450 truck, causing the glass the crack.

"None of the golfers confessed the ball was theirs," the NCSO incident report states.