Grand jury indicts Nacogdoches man who allegedly forced stepson to get drunk

Grand jury indicts Nacogdoches man who allegedly forced stepson to get drunk
Germaine Edwards (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Germaine Edwards (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County grand has jury indicted a 39-year-old man in connection to allegations that he forced his underage stepson to drink enough alcohol that he became intoxicated.

Jonathan James Presley, of Nacogdoches, was indicted on a state-jail felony injury to a child on June 19. East Texas News obtained a copy of the indictment list on Friday.

When Presley was arrested back in May, he was also charged with Class A Misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury charge.

According to the arrest affidavit, Nacogdoches Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 200 block of Wortham Street. The caller said that Presley was threatening him and standing in the street with a weapon.

When the NPD officers arrived on the scene, they found Presley standing in the street holding a metal platter and a spoon.

"Presley was found to be very intoxicated and advised that he and his neighbor had an argument," the affidavit stated. 'Presley was unsure was to what the argument was started over."

The officers then learned that Presley had slapped his 14-year-old stepdaughter on both sides of her face, the affidavit stated. According to the affidavit, the girl had redness on her face, and she complained of a headache that she said had been caused by her stepfather slapping her.

In addition, Presley's stepson, who is under the age of 15, told police that his step dad forced him to consume alcohol to the point that he became intoxicated, the affidavit stated. The boy told police that his step dad held his nose while he forced him to drink alcohol, according to the affidavit.

After the boy's mother took him to the hospital, hospital staff stated that the boy's blood-alcohol level was at .12, and .08 is considered to be legally intoxicated in the state of Texas.

The grand jury also indicted Germaine Lydell, 40, of Nacogdoches, on a third-degree felony injury to elderly charge in collection to allegations that he got into a fight with his 77-year-old uncle and struck him repeatedly in the face.

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