CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 21-year-old Palestine man in Wednesday in connection to allegations that he got into a fight with his baby's mother while he was holding their 5-month-old child.
Jadarrius Devondre Beasley was arrested and charged with first-degree felony burglary with the intent to commit another felony, state-jail felony endangering a child - criminal negligence, and Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
According to the arrest affidavit, Houston County's dispatch received two 911 calls in reference to a woman screaming for help at the Crockett Manor Apartments at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday. When the officers arrived at the apartment complex, they could hear screaming from inside of one the apartments.
A crying woman answered the door when one of the officer knocked on it. The CPD officer also saw a man, who was later identified as Beasley, holding a 5-month-old child.
After the officer asked Beasley several times to lay the baby down, so the Crockett PD officers could talk to him, he finally handed the baby to the woman, the affidavit stated. Once the officers and Beasley got outside, one of the officers told him they were going to have to pat him down for weapons.
According to the affidavit, Beasley started to get agitated and tried to pull away, so the officer put him in handcuffs. Beasley told the officers that he is the child's father and that there is no court order in place.
Beasley also said his baby's mother ripped his shirt trying to keep him from taking the child. When one of the officers asked him if they had been fighting, Beasley denied it, the affidavit stated.
At that point, one of the CPD officers spoke to the woman alone inside the apartment. She told him that she had been home alone with her son and added that a court date has been set up because she is going to file for custody of the child.
Someone knocked on her front door and rang the doorbell, but when she looked through the peephole, she didn't see anyone. After someone knocked again, the woman heard Beasley yelling at her from outside.
When the woman opened the door tell Beasley to stop yelling and leave, he allegedly forced his way into the residence by kicking the door. The baby's mother told the CPD officer that Beasley hadn't lived there since July.
The woman said that after Beasley forced his way into her apartment, he pushed her down on the living room floor and picked the baby up from a bouncer near the front door, the affidavit stated. She told the officers that she kept pulling at Beasley in an effort to get her baby back.
According to the affidavit, the CPD officer saw a scratch on the woman's upper chest and red marks.
The woman said that, by that time, her baby was screaming loudly, the affidavit stated. Because the woman couldn't find her phone in the living room, she went outside and screamed for help.
When the woman tried to stop Beasley from leaving the apartment, he allegedly pushed her up against the door and hit her on the left side of the face. Then Beasley started walking around the residence, looking for the baby's things, the affidavit stated.
In the affidavit, the Crockett PD officer said that he noticed signs of a disturbance in the apartment's living room. The officer also noticed several small red marks on the baby's back, the affidavit stated.