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Nacogdoches domestic violence victim says this has been the latest of many incidents

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Latekia Johnson (Source: KTRE) Latekia Johnson (Source: KTRE)
Donnell Mallard at his arraignment (Source: KTRE) Donnell Mallard at his arraignment (Source: KTRE)
Latekia Johnson with her children (Source: KTRE) Latekia Johnson with her children (Source: KTRE)
Seven-year-old Saniya Mallard (Source: KTRE) Seven-year-old Saniya Mallard (Source: KTRE)
Donnel Mallard (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Donnel Mallard (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

After Nacogdoches Police officers responded to a disturbance call in Oakhill Plaza Tuesday morning, they learned that an alleged ongoing domestic violence situation led to a woman getting dragged to a vehicle and almost run over by the man.

In the process, three small children, ages, 2, 3, and 9, were left asleep inside the apartment.

Donnell Dewayne Mallard, 27, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of two or more assault causing bodily injury-family violence within 12 months, a state-jail felony charge of child abandonment or endangerment, and a Class B misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said that NPD officers responded to a disturbance call that came from a vehicle on Cox Street near Dennis Street at approximately 7:55 a.m. However, they were unable to locate the vehicle, so the officers went to the Oakhill Plaza apartment where they had made contact with the man and woman involved in the disturbance on previous occasions.

When they arrived on the scene, the officers talked to a witness who said the man, who was later identified as Mallard, dragged the woman, Latekia Johnson, to a vehicle and drove away from the apartment complex. The NPD officers found three children, ages 2, 3, and 9 sleeping inside the apartment.

A short time later, Nacogdoches Police officers found the vehicle in the 900 block of West Main Street. Sowell said Johnson told the officers that she jumped into the vehicle as it was leaving to avoid getting run over.

"Officers determined that this type of violence had been occurring between the two for several months," Sowell said. "Officers responded to a disturbance call occurring in a vehicle on Cox Street near Dennis Street."

Sowell said the NPD officers found marijuana in Mallard's vehicle.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Johson's living room is usually in darkness, but for guests one bulb was turned on. The setting symbolizes the events in her life.

"Family violence," Johnson said. "How many times? I lost count. A lot."

Is Johnson afraid?

"Not at all," she said. "I'm pretty much used to him and has ways since I've been around him for so long and I feel like I know him and know what he will do and what he won't do."

Johnson says what does bother her is the children seeing the arguments.

"And that's what they do all the time," said seven-year-old Saniya Mallard.

Latekia says the oldest daughter has imitated the anger at school. The child's reaction to her home life is somewhat matter of fact, just like her mother.

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"It don't make me feel no type of way," Saniya said.

Johnson said she's been living in the projects her entire 22 years. She's seen and heard everything. Now she's raising four children behind this fence and knows it will be a cycle difficult to break.

Johnson feels the same way about her relationship with Mallard. She wants to break it off, but not so sure it will happen.

"Every time he go to jail he gets right out, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was out within the next couple of days, but it is what it is," Johnson said.

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