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Mount Carmel man accused of assaulting girlfriend who had baby in her arms

Jeff Bobo • Aug 14, 2018 at 9:00 PM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Hawkins County man was charged with child abuse Thursday after he allegedly pushed down his girlfriend, who was holding a 6-month-old, causing the baby to hit its head.

Edward Lee Johnson, 44, 415 Hammond Ave., Mount Carmel, was additionally charged with aggravated assault for allegedly choking the woman as she was trying to get up, while still holding the baby.

Mount Carmel Police Department Officer Corey Lawson stated in his report that there was a visible mark on the baby where it hit its head.

Shortly before 4 p.m., Lawson responded to Johnson’s home on a domestic complaint where he found Johnson in the front bedroom of the residence “screaming” at his girlfriend, who was holding the baby.

Lawson said he attempted to separate the two, at which point Johnson allegedly began screaming at Lawson an inch from the officer’s face.

Lawson then detained Johnson and interviewed the girlfriend.

The woman stated that the argument began while Johnson’s mother was holding the baby, and the girlfriend was complaining that she had been “mean” to one of her other children.

When the girlfriend tried to retrieve her baby from Johnson’s mother, the woman reportedly didn’t let go at first, but she eventually handed over the baby.

The girlfriend stated that once she had the baby back in her arms, Johnson pushed her down, causing the baby to hit its head, and then put his hand on her throat and choked her when she tried to get back up.

Johnson’s mother gave a statement that she saw her son push down the girlfriend, who was holding the baby.

Johnson was arraigned Monday and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $7,500 bond. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 20 in Sessions Court.

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