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Naked Man with a Baby Prompts 911 Call
web posted February 6, 2013 10:15 pm
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether couple called
911 around 7 pm Wednesday after their dog started barking and they
looked out and saw a naked man with a toddler. The man was screaming as
he used a water hose to douse the baby and removed her red shirt
leaving the baby naked. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies raced to
the scene as additional reports came in of the man trying to get inside
the home through a glass door.
The next report was the naked man had the baby in his arms and was
rolling in the gravel driveway and then started walking towards
Martintown Road. The first deputy arrived as the man had placed the
baby on the side of the road and started walking eastbound. The naked
man then continued walking and was almost struck by a motorist who
pulled off the road. A second driver also stopped to help but the naked
man vanished towards a fabrication shop nearby.
The second driver said he thought the man had gone inside a truck
parked at the shop. The passenger door was open and no one was inside.
A short time later the naked man jumped from the bed of the truck
screaming as if to attack. The driver with a flashlight blinded the man
and began yelling orders to get on the ground which were refused.
The man then turned around a started walking away with the two men
following continuing to order the naked man to get on the ground and he
would only reply "I just want to go home" and "you can shoot me in the
back". The second deputy then
pulled down to the second location and took control. He pulled his
Tazer and gave the man several demands to get on the ground. The deputy
then tazed the man and he went down, but still refused to obey orders
and was tazed a second time before complying and was handcuffed.
Edgefield County EMS was on scene and checked the baby and found no
injuries. After wrapping the child in a warm blanket she was placed in
the back seat of a patrol car with a female deputy, who purchased
diapers for the baby, said to be about 18-months-old. EMS then began
checking on the father. The man was placed in shackles and was
transported to MCG for treatment of a possible overdose of "bath salts"
and numerous cuts and scratches to his body.
His identity was not released at the scene.
The baby's mother was able to be contacted and met with deputies at
Sportsman's Corner to be reunited with her child after deputies
confirmed her identification.
It is unknown what charges will be filed in the case, although felony
child endangerment was mentioned. The man's red
Jeep, that he stated he drove to the location, was never found.
The owner of the truck at the shop said the man did go inside his truck
where a large knife and a machete were laying on the seat. A gun was
also locked in the glove box. "It's a good thing he didn't grab one of
those knives," the owner said. "They probably would have shot him."
Chances are, even if armed with a knife, the Tazer would have still
been enough to disable the man, though lethal force would have probably
been justified due to the man's irrational
The couple said they were very upset about the situation and their two
young daughters were "freaking out" over the situation. A deputy handed
the two girls small teddy bears to help calm them down, which the
parents greatly appreciated.
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