CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Crockett Police officer arrested a 22-year-old woman after she allegedly slapped a young boy hard enough to knock him down and then ran from the scene to avoid getting arrested Monday night.
Shakiyla Breana Leonard, of Crockett, is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a third-degree felony injury to a child charge. A Class Misdemeanor evading arrest charge, and an outstanding arrest warrant out of Houston County. No bail amounts were available.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett Police officer was dispatched out to the 300 block of West Austin Street at about 6:35 p.m. Monday in reference to a report of a child being assaulted. When the officer got to the home, a woman told him that "she" had hit her son on the side of the face hard enough to knock him to the ground.
The CPD officer asked the woman to clarify who "she" was, and she said that Leonard was the one who had hit her son, the affidavit stated. She also said that Leonard was still inside the home.
Knowing that Leonard had an outstanding warrant out of Houston County, the officer called it in to his superior, the affidavit stated. Then when he looked up, he saw a woman run from the home toward Rose Street and Lover's Lane.
Because the CPD officer had previous dealings with Leonard, he knew that she had family that area. The officer hit the lights and siren on his patrol unit and gave chase. At one point, he hit his air horn, and when the woman looked up, he recognized her as Leonard, the affidavit stated.
After stopping his patrol unit, the CPD officer chased Leonard on foot and shouted for her to stop and get on the ground. He drew his Taser, pointed it at her, and ordered her to stop and get on the ground again. This time, Leonard did as she was told, the affidavit stated.
Another CPD officer arrived on the scene a short time later, and Leonard was arrested without further incident. A call to Houston County dispatch confirmed that Leonard had an outstanding arrest warrant.
According to the affidavit, Leonard told the officer that she knew the officer showed up at the home on West Austin Street to "get her' for the outstanding warrant.
After the CPD officer put Leonard in his patrol unit, he went back to the witness to get more details about what had happened. The woman told him that the child hit Leonard playfully with a shoe, and she responded by slapping him hard enough to knock him down and leave a hand print on his face, the affidavit stated. The woman also said that her son started crying.
Leonard was then taken to the Houston County Jail.