LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 31-year-old man Thursday for allegedly punching his 2-year-old son and then assaulting his wife by choking, punching her, and bodily picking her up, causing her to be struck in the head by a ceiling fan blade.
Christian Anthony Lauderdale, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child and a Class A misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury-family violence. He was also charged with two misdemeanor traffic charges.
No bail has been set for Lauderdale's injury to a child charge. Collectively, his bail was set at $2,000 for the assorted misdemeanor charges.
According to a arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police officer was dispatched to a residence in the 2500 block on June 28 in reference to multiple assaults that had occurred two days earlier. The LPD officer met with Lauderdale's 31-year-old wife, who told him that her husband had assaulted her and her 2-year-old son. She also said her spouse had left and had not returned by the time she talked to the LPD officer.
The woman told the LPD officer that she and Lauderdale had been arguing in the kitchen at approximately 2 a.m. June 26 when their 2-year-old son walked into the room carrying a syringe full of brown liquid. After the woman grabbed the syringe from the child, Lauderdale punched his son in the head, the affidavit stated.
At that point, Lauderdale allegedly attacked his wife. After grabbing and choking her, he punched her in the face and head at least three times. The assault continued in a bedroom, where Lauderdale bodily picked his wife up and put her head into the blades of a moving ceiling fan, the affidavit stated. One of the blades struck the woman in the right side of the forehead by her hairline.
The woman told the LPD officer that her father, who also lives at the residence, was woken up by the disturbance. He came into the bedroom and ordered Lauderdale to leave.
The LPD officer could see that the woman had a laceration to the right side of her forehead, he also noticed a small bruise on the toddler's forehead, according to the affidavit. She also said that several of her teeth were loosened by Lauderdale punching her in the jaw.
"[The woman] advised that Christian is doing methamphetamine and has become violent since he started using the drugs," the affidavit stated.
When the LPD officer asked the woman why she didn't report the assaults on June 26, she explained she didn't have a phone until the morning of June 28, when her father spliced the phone lines back together.
Later, a LPD detective met with the woman's father at the police department. In a written statement, the father said he was wakened by loud yelling between his daughter and Lauderdale in the other room. He explained that when he went into the bedroom, he noticed that his daughter had a fresh "raw" spot on her forehead and a "knot" on her cheekbone.
In his statement, the wife's father said that one of the ceiling fan blades was damaged, and the entire fan was wobbling. The father also confirmed that Lauderdale cut the residence's phone lines before he left.
The father said he didn't know about the assault on the 2-year-old boy until the next day, when he noticed a bruise on the child's head, the affidavit. He learned about what had happened when he asked the older children in the home.