MPD arrests man for domestic battery with child endangerment

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Minden man was arrested Saturday for striking a woman numerous times in front of children.

Calvin Ray Manning Jr., 28, of the 200 block of Mason Dr., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police for domestic abuse with child endangerment.

Chief Jared McIver said Lt. Chris Hammontree and Officer First Class Ben Sparks were dispatched to the Mason Drive residence around 11 p.m. after a teen-ager called 911.

“The victim was being beaten by Manning and told her 16-year-old daughter to call 911,” McIver said. “When officers arrived, they found the teen and 3 younger minors outside across the street.”

The teen-ager reportedly told officers her mother and Manning were inside the house, and the front door was open.

“They approached the front door and could hear yelling inside,” said the chief. “The living room appeared destroyed. Lt. Hammontree and Ofc. Sparks proceeded toward the yelling and located both subjects in the hallway. Manning was standing in an aggressive posture yelling at the victim who was in a defensive posture. Her clothes were disheveled and she was crying.”

Officer reportedly separated them and Manning was mirandized and placed in handcuffs.

“Manning told the lieutenant the two had been arguing earlier over her driving, and she hit him,” McIver said. “They came home and the victim tried to leave. Manning told officers he tried to prevent her from leaving and they fought over her phone and keys. Manning admitted he hit her with a belt but not his fists.”

McIver said while the victim was trying to gather her things and leave, Manning was hitting her repeatedly in the back with a belt. There were reportedly 5 children in the house during the occurrence.

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