Anthony Joseph Carpenter, 25, 157 Golden Road, Rogersville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including child abuse, domestic assault and vandalism.
Carpenter's mother, Donna Carpenter, stated she believes he was on meth at the time of the incident, which occurred on May 12, 2016.
Mrs. Carpenter told Deputy Kenny Lunsford Jr. that Anthony Carpenter’s 1-year-old son was on the bed with her when Anthony Carpenter came into the bedroom yelling at her, and allegedly "rammed his forearm against the side of her head holding her face down on the bed."
She stated that Anthony Carpenter then "jerked his son off the bed" and went into another room but came back a short timer later and was "shoving Donna around and fighting her" while holding his infant son.
"Donna was able to get the child away from Anthony, who found a baseball bat and began smashing the house," Lunsford said. "Anthony broke the bathroom door and big screen TV. Donna kept yelling at Anthony to leave, (and when he) stepped outside, Donna closed and locked the door."
Lunsford added, "Anthony attempted to get back into the home, breaking the doorknob and lock on the door. He then left the home in a vehicle."
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office had an outstanding arrest warrant for Anthony Carpenter until Monday around 3 a.m., when he was arrested at the intersection of Goshen Valley Road and Highway 11-W in Church Hill by Sgt. Nathan Simpson.
Anthony Carpenter was released from jail Monday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on June 4.