LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Marshals apprehended a man accused of beating a woman and kicking her 5-year-old child.
According to authorities, Timothy Joiner was taken into custody in Loretto, Tenn.
When Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot first got to the home on Lauderdale County Road 51 Friday, he says his heart just dropped.
“First thing I noticed was a small child, 5-year-old girl, sitting on the couch holding an ice pack to the back of her head and she was very upset and rattled. Then the mother was wiping blood off her face,” Hendershot explained.
He said the two were victims of a domestic violence attack.
According to Hendershot, the female victim told police Timothy Joiner was upset because she overslept and he attacked her.
Hendershot said the woman tried to keep her daughter safe, while she continued to be assaulted.
“When she covered the child, to protect the child, that’s when he actually kicked the child in the head and in the arm,” said Hendershot.
The mother and daughter have been treated for their injuries, and are said to be okay.
Police were in contact with Joiner by phone and even arranged for him to turn himself in Friday morning, but he didn’t show up.
“I said ‘sir you don’t realize it’s really dangerous what happened and it could have hurt the child a lot more’ and he just laughed on the telephone,” Hendershot said.
One Place of the Shoals is taking over the domestic violence case and assisting the mother and child.
Joiner will be transported back to Lauderdale County to face charges from the attack.