JONESBORO, Ark. – After a Craighead County man became violent late Wednesday evening, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office was forced to intervene.
At about 11:42 p.m. Wednesday evening, July 12, Deputy Dustin Norwood was dispatched to County Road 335 in reference to an unwanted person. There, a woman advised her boyfriend and father of her two children had hit her in the side of the head and in her arm. The officer observed a whelp. She said it was because her boyfriend was angry she had not cleaned the house.
Thurman Farris, 44, was the boyfriend in question. He was asked to step outside by the deputy, who noticed he smelled strongly like alcohol. He quickly became belligerent and was detained in handcuffs for officer safety reasons. As he was being advised of his rights, he began to scream and shout vulgarities, the incident report said.
The alleged victim said Farris had come into the bedroom as she was asleep with her two-year-old and five-year-old. He attempted to hit her with a wire clothes hanger but missed and struck the two-year-old on the arm. It caused a small laceration on the child’s arm. He also punched a door, breaking it.
That’s when the disabled father of the complainant came out of his room and told Farris “no.” Her report said Farris then charged the disabled man and she stepped in between the two to stop a violent incident. Farris admitted to the officer if the complainant’s father came at him, he would have hit him. He said he would not have walked off due to the elderly man being disabled.
The two-year-old child asked by the deputy if Farris had struck him with the hanger. He shook his head yes, the report said. The mother refused EMS treatment for the child.
Farris denied all of the allegations against him, the report said. He continued to behave belligerently, the deputy added, from the scene of the incident to the Craighead County Detention Center – where he was booked on third degree domestic battery, second degree domestic battery for hitting the child, and two counts of third degree endangering the welfare of a minor for his actions in the bedroom near the two children.
On the booking intake sheet, Farris response under the question asking if he was homicidal or suicidal was “both.”
The Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline was notified.