Police arrest man for battery while holding newborn baby 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A newborn baby was in peril from a Minden man who had a physical altercation with the child’s mother.

Minden Police arrested Kendric Dermaine Taylor, 19, of the 800 block of Plum St., Minden, on two counts of simple battery and one charge of domestic abuse battery w/child endangerment.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Joel Kendrick, OFC. Reece Tewell and Off. Lita Hopkins were dispatched to a Fort St. residence after midnight Thursday in reference to a disturbance.

“When they arrived, officers observed a verbal altercation among three individuals in the residence – one of them was identified as Kendric Taylor – and two female subjects,” Cropper said. “Taylor was attempting to advance toward one of the women. Lt. Kendrick instructed Taylor to exit the residence and speak with other officers.”

One of the female subjects reportedly told the officer that Taylor shoved her while he was holding their three-week-old baby. The woman’s sister then reportedly pushed Taylor in defense of her sister.

“The mother was able to grab the baby from Taylor at this point,” said the chief. “The sister said Taylor then swung and hit her, causing her to fall into a nearby dresser and breaking it.”

The mother reportedly began physically fighting with Taylor. Another male subject, identified as an uncle, arrived at the residence and heard the commotion.

“He entered the residence in an attempt to break up the fight, and Taylor physically shoved him,” Cropper said.

Taylor was arrested, taken to Minden Police Department and then transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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