LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 37-year-old man on Oct. 19 in connection to allegations that he grabbed a boy by the throat, pushed him into a foosball table, and then slammed him into the ground.
Rural Eugene Vaughn was arrested and charged with third-degree felony injury to a child. He was released from the Angelina County Jail on Oct. 21 after he posted a bail amount of $3,500.
East Texas News obtained a copy of the arrest affidavit Monday. According to the arrest affidavit, LPD officers were dispatched out to a home on Red Oak Lane in reference to a welfare concern.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they talked to the boy and his mother. They learned that before the alleged incident, the boy, who is under the age of 14, got into an argument with his mother after she took away his electronics, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the argument escalated almost to the point of getting physical. The alleged victim's mother told police that she and Vaughn, her boyfriend, began trying to hold the boy down in an effort to get him calm.
The boy told one of the LPD officers that Vaughn assaulted him as soon as his mother left the room.
Vaughn allegedly grabbed the boy by the throat and pushed him against a foosball table. Then when the boy fell down, Vaughn started slamming him against the ground, the affidavit stated.
The LPD officers at the scene noticed bruises and red marks all around the boy's neck area, left and right armpit areas, back, and on the left side of his face, the affidavit stated.
When the officers told the boy's mother about the injuries he had shown them, she said she hadn't seen the injuries, the affidavit stated. The woman also allegedly said that she didn't believe Vaughn caused the injuries.
Later, the woman admitted to seeing Vaughn push the boy into a couch, the affidavit stated.
Vaughn denied injuring the boy, the affidavit stated.