Man strikes wife in front of toddler

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A local man is in jail after striking his wife in the face in front of his grandchild.

Tommie Lee Erving Jr., 57, of the 400 block of Patrick St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police and charged with domestic abuse battery with child endangerment.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the incident took place early Wednesday.

“Officers were dispatched to the Patrick Street residence in reference to domestic abuse battery,” Cropper said. “Upon arrival, Sgt. Jason Smith made contact with the victim who was holding a 3-year-old child.”

According to the victim’s statement, she was in a verbal argument with her husband regarding extramarital affairs. The argument reportedly turned physical when Erving allegedly struck her to the side of her face using a closed fist.

“Also, on the scene were Ofc. Jason Lee and Ofc. Anthony Miller,” said the chief. “The victim told them Erving was inside his bedroom, and she became angry because she thought he was cheating on her. She entered the room and used pepper spray on Erving. However, there was no visible evidence of pepper spray in the room.”

At that point, Erving allegedly grabbed her and pushed her to the ground.

“He said he was trying to get her to stop using the pepper spray,” Cropper said. “Then he said there was a struggle and he stated he may have ‘accidentally’ hit her.”

When officers made initial contact with the victim, she was holding the juvenile.

“While she was telling officers about the incident, the juvenile said ‘Pawpaw hit her in the face,’” Cropper said. “The child’s older brother took possession of the juvenile.”

Cropper said due to the victim’s injuries and the juvenile’s statement, it was determine that Erving was the predominant aggressor and the juvenile was present during the battery, resulting in the above charges.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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