COVINGTON — Authorities at Newton Medical Center called the Covington Police when a fight broke out between the mother and father of a newborn in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Monday afternoon.
Arrested was Robbie Avery, 21, of 180 Old River Road, who was charged with battery under the Family Violence Act and probation violation.
According to the CPD incident report, officers arrived at the hospital and were escorted to the mother’s room by security personnel.
“(The mother) was sitting outside (the room) in a wheelchair and (the father) was on the bed getting his blood pressure checked by the nursing staff and two other security guards were there,” the report states. “The house supervisor told me that the couple had gotten into an argument and then (the father) was acting out and yelling and using excessive foul language.”
The officer said from outside the room, he could hear the suspect yelling, “The police is here. They ain’t gonna do nothin!”
Officers entered the room where Avery was and after he calmed down he told them that the mother of his child had given birth on Jan. 19. Monday afternoon the couple was walking back to the wife’s hospital room from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and got into an argument.
“Once they were in the room, he said (the victim) grabbed her phone and tried to call her mother,” the report states. “That is when (Avery) slapped the phone out of her hand and stated it went flying into the corner. He then stated that he grabbed his phone and tried to call his mother. (He) stated that (the victim) then slapped his phone out of his hand. He then hit her across the face and when she tried to hit him back, (he) bit her in the right hand and left visible teeth marks. There was also visible bruising to the left side of (the victim’s) face.”
The report goes on to say that Avery stated he was defending himself, but was unable to show officers any marks that had been left on him.
“He kept stating that he was not going to let her just hit him and he would defend himself by fighting back,” the report states.
The victim, who still had marks from being slapped and bit, said she was trying to call her mother and Avery attacked her by biting and slapping her.
As officers led Avery away, he continued to make threats toward the victim. Hospital security warned Avery verbally not to return to the hospital grounds unless he had a medical emergency.
In other crime news, a Laurel Drive resident called the CPD around 11 p.m. Tuesday to report that he thought someone had placed firecrackers in his outdoor garbage can. Upon closer inspection, officers found evidence that several gunshots had been fired into the victim’s home.
Officers found what they described as “half-dollar sized holes” in the window panes to the man’s bedroom and upon inspecting the interior of the house, officers noted several holes in the walls of his room.
“From what we were able to determine: There were at least a total of four rounds that made contact and went into the residence with three rounds coming into (the victim’s) bedroom (two through the window and one into the exterior siding) and one round going into the living room area and continuing into the kitchen,” the report states.
The victim stated his mother and his daughter also lived at the residence, but were in rooms on the other side of the residence when the shots were fired.
The CPD is following several leads in connection to this incident.