LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 36-year-old woman Monday after she allegedly grabbed and pulled her 6-year-old daughter hard enough to cause her pain in an effort to get the girl to go outside and play with her.
The woman also grabbed her mother by the hair and jerked her head around, according to the affidavit.
Tiffany Leann Freeman, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony injury to a child charge and a Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member charge. Her bail amount has been set at $3,500.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Friday, the incident happened at about 6:53 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 100 block of Hemlock Road. Freeman allegedly grabbed her 6-year-old daughter's right arm and yanked the girl toward her, causing the child to feel pain and cry.
The girl's grandmother told police that Freeman was trying to get the girl out of bed to go outside and play with her. The grandmother also told police that she told Freeman that she was wrong to hurt her daughter like that, the affidavit stated.
After the child's grandmother got into an argument with Freeman, the suspect grabbed her mother by the hair and started "pulling and jerking her head and neck around," the affidavit stated. The grandmother told police that she had recently had recent major neck surgery, and the hair pulling hurt, the affidavit stated.
When one of the LPD officers spoke to Freeman, she allegedly denied assaulting her mother and claimed that she didn't grab her daughter. Freeman told police that she was just blocking herself from her daughter hitting her repeatedly, the affidavit stated.
The alleged victim was still crying 18 minutes after the first officer arrived on the scene, the affidavit stated.