Affidavit: Grapeland man assaulted girlfriend, endangered their baby, destroyed woman's phone

Affidavit: Grapeland man assaulted girlfriend, endangered their baby, destroyed woman's phone

GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Grapeland Police Department arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday in connection to allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend and tried to drag her back into their house while she was holding her baby.

The man is also accused of destroying her cell phone to prevent the woman from calling 911 for help, according to an arrest affidavit.

Lederris Montel Davis, of Grapeland, was booked in to the Houston County Jail on state-jail felony endangering a child charge, a Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury - family member charge, a Class A misdemeanor interfering with an emergency call charge, and a Class A misdemeanor unlawful restraint charge.

According to the arrest affidavit, Davis and his girlfriend got into an argument at their home in the 100 block of Spence Circle on Tuesday. When the woman tried to get her baby and leave, the home, Davis allegedly blocked her path and then punched her in the eye, causing swelling to that part of her face.

In addition, Davis grabbed the woman by her right wrist and threw her down on the bed, the affidavit stated. The affidavit stated the victim suffered bruising and swelling to her wrist.

At that point, the woman, who was in imminent fear of further bodily injury, tried to use her cell phone to call 911. Davis then took the cell phone away from her and pushed her to the floor, the affidavit stated.

Once again, the woman tried to gather her child and the cell phone to leave the home, but Davis wouldn't let her, the affidavit stated. After the victim was finally able to escape the house, Davis allegedly chased her down and started trying to "wrestle her back in the house while the victim was holding her infant child."

According to the affidavit, the victim feared for the safety of her baby and felt hopeless that she could get away, so she went back to the home and tried to reason with Davis for him to give her phone back.

Davis allegedly threw the woman's phone to the floor and destroyed it. It prevented the victim from making an emergency call for help, the affidavit stated.

Because the victim could no longer use the phone, Davis let he gather up her child and broken phone and leave the home, the affidavit stated. The woman then went to a neighbor's house, where she called 911.

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