Criminal charges allege man struck woman holding baby
The victim told the officer the man came to the residence and was "aggressive" and the two argued, the complaint stated.
A 41-year-old Brainerd man is accused of hitting a woman with a closed fist while she held a 4-month-old baby in her arms while sitting on the couch.
Travis Wayne Jackson was charged Nov. 4 in Crow Wing County District Court with two felony counts of domestic assault, one that includes strangulation and gross misdemeanor of endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Jackson, Brainerd officers were dispatched at 5:46 p.m. Nov. 2 to a physical domestic assault at a residence in northeast Brainerd. The 911 dispatcher reported the victim's 14-year-old son called in because his mom had been hit.
Police responded and as soon as the officer exited her squad car, she could hear a female screaming and crying.
A witness told the officer Jackson punched the victim in the face and that during the altercation Jackson was on top of the victim, choking her with his left hand to the point where she was screaming and gasping for air.
The officer found the victim sitting on the ground outside the resident, crying hysterically with a cut next to her right eye. Inside the residence found Jackson on the couch appearing extremely intoxicated and with marks and fresh blood on his left hand. Jackson said that nothing happened between him and the victim. He was arrested.
The victim told the officer Jackson came to the residence and was "aggressive," the complaint stated. She stated she was outside trying to get the grill ready to cook dinner when he came to the residence. She went inside and the two began to argue. He then hit her two or three times with a closed fist.
The victim’s son told the officer he was playing video games in his room when he heard Jackson come in and began yelling at his mom. He then heard his mom yell, so he came out of his room and observed her on the couch holding the baby. Jackson was standing over her and the baby and then he observed Jackson hit his mom with a closed fist on the right side of her face. The son stated he then called law enforcement. While speaking with the 911 dispatcher, the son indicated that he was extremely scared.
According to court records, Jackson has six prior qualified domestic violence-related convictions within the last 10 years.
Jackson was still in-custody Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Crow Wing County Jail in Brainerd. His next court hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.