SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A man is charged with attacking his girlfriend while their infant was in her arms.
It happened in the 5100 block of Cottswold Lane in southeast Shelby County Sunday night.
Eddie Casey is charged with aggravated assault and domestic assault.
Police say the fight all started over a pair of shoes Casey’s girlfriend, Ya’tiera Addison, bought for their 10-month-old baby. They say Casey wasn’t happy about it, and started attacking her with the baby still in her arms.
Casey lives with his grandmother. She told WREG she’s crushed to hear her grandson was arrested.
Police say Casey punched and choked Addison, trying to pry the baby away from her.
Addison’s mother, Stephanie Addison-James, tried to stop him.
Teresa Hudson lives in the neighborhood and, as a survivor of domestic abuse herself, said she saddened to hear about what happened.
“A lot of women are scared to say anything,” she said. “Most of the time, they’re thinking about their finances and security and the well-being of the kids.”
The child was not hurt, but Hudson hopes Addison will get help so they never have to go through this again.
“I urge any woman going through that to seek some type of counseling and get out of it,” Hudson said.
If you are anyone you know needs help escaping a domestic violence situation there are several local organizations you can turn to, such as the Family Safety Center and the YWCA. You can also always call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.