Crockett man accused of attacking wife while she was holding child

Maurice Peterson (Source: Houston County Jail)
Maurice Peterson (Source: Houston County Jail)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Crockett police have arrested a man accused of attacking his pregnant wife while she was holding their child last week.

Maurice Obryan Peterson, 30, is charged with third-degree assault and state-jail felony endangering a child.

According to the arrest report, police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 10:25 p.m. on Wednesday. When they arrived, they met with a woman who was holding a two-year-old child. She had swelling on her forehead, according to the report.

She told police that Peterson, her common-law spouse, had hit her in the head twice. She said she was about two months pregnant and Peterson got into an argument with her, saying the unborn child belonged to another man.

She said Peterson took away her phone when she said she was going to call his mother. She then told her teenage daughter to walk to a relative's home to call police.

She said Peterson then became even more angry, so she grabbed her two children and walked out of the apartment. She said he confronted her about calling the police and walked toward her as she carried their two-year-old son. She said she slipped while she was trying to get away from him and he then hit her on the forehead twice.

Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on Thursday and arrested him on Friday.

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