24-year-old Maryah Jones was seen leaving her two-year-old child in her car unattended at the Fort Campbell Boulevard Walmart on December 29th, 2023. Officers arrived to find that the vehicle was unlocked with the vehicle still running. While officers were trying to find the car’s owner, Jones walked up and claimed it. Jones told officers she went in with a friend who needed to use the bathroom. Jones stated that she made small purchases while her friend was in the restroom. Jones said she hadn’t been gone for more than 5 minutes. Walmart provided video evidence of Jones arriving at 2:22 p.m., exiting her car by herself at 2:24 p.m., and returning to her vehicle at 2:37 p.m. Maryah Jones was taken into custody and charged with child abuse and neglect.
27-year-old Gericca James was jailed on December 3rd for leaving her child home alone on Heritage Pointe Circle. The complainant is the child’s father. He stated that James was supposed to be caring for the victim, but when he arrived home at 11:30 p.m., the victim was home alone, asleep on the bed. James told police that she checked in at work at 10 p.m., but the text messages between her and the father stated that she was in her car. The juvenile victim is under the age of 8 years old. Gericca James was arrested due to the intentional abandonment of the juvenile victim.
35-year-old Raymond Matthews was involved in an altercation with his child at Guinevere Court on November 17. Matthews’s son said his father was going around the house to damage items because he was angry. The child said he was trying to stop Matthews before he broke dishes, but Matthews struck him across the face and scratched him. Matthews later told law enforcement that he did hit his son but claimed that he did it in self-defense. Law enforcement didn’t observe any visible injuries but did say that the house seemed like it was ransacked. Matthews was taken into custody and charged with child abuse and neglect.
19-year-old babysitter Dacie Sledd was involved in child abuse on November 20. The parents of the child who was abused gave videos to law enforcement of their child’s bedroom. The videos displayed Sledd bursting into the child’s room, yanking his arm, causing him to rise into the air, and slamming him into his bed. Sledd proceeded to slap him on his butt. Another video showcases Sledd grabbing the child, holding him down underneath a blanket, and slapping his behind again. Sledd was taken into custody and charged with child abuse and neglect.
35-year-old Janay Spann was caught abusing her child on school grounds on November 6th. Spann was captured by surveillance footage and an eyewitness hitting her 15-year-old daughter in the face with a closed fist as well as grabbing her by the neck and pushing her toward the school. Spann was taken into custody and charged with child abuse.
37-year-old Travis Porter was booked on October 26th after he showed up drunk to an interview at Hankook Factory. He was taken into custody around noon and told officers that he needed to check on his two children, who were left home alone. One child was ten years old, and the other was eight months old. Officers spoke with the ten-year-old, who confirmed that she was left home alone with the infant. According to the neighbors, Porter was drunk, asking people for a ride to his interview. He left the house around 10 am.
24-year-old Myah Wilson was jailed on November 2nd after police responded to reports of child abuse and neglect on Peachers Mill Road. Matthew Harris, a contractor for the apartment complex, advised that as he was inside an apartment to do some work, he found three young children left inside alone. When officers arrived, they were met by the manager and the three children, ages four years old, two years old, and seven months old. Mr. Harris advised that he entered the apartment at 12:14 p.m. Around 1:35 p.m., Myah returned to the apartment and stated that she was at the laundry mat and had to leave the children at home so she could take the laundry.
34-year-old Travis Kretz was booked into the Montgomery County jail on September 6th after being indicted by The Grand Jury for one count of child abuse and neglect of a 4-year-old on November 24th, 2022. He is free on a $20,000 bond and appears to be smirking during his mugshot.
30-year-old Taco Bell employee Naser Abu Dayeh was jailed on July 24th after reported child abuse. When police arrived, they made contact with Naser and his wife, Sara Hindieh, at their home on Harrison Way. Sara stated that she had her daughter called dispatch because she was fearful after her husband threatened to kill her and all of the children.
Sara stated that on July 17th, she and her husband had a disagreement which led to him punching her in the stomach, and she is thirteen weeks pregnant. There was also an incident in their vehicle where he punched her in the leg and swerved the steering wheel, stating he “would kill everyone.” There were four minor children involved. The first Minor interviewed was RB, who stated two weeks ago, his dad picked him up by the neck with both hands until he was unable to breathe with notable bruising to his neck. RB went on to explain that just that day, his father punched him in the jaw twice and in his stomach once. After the punches, he picked him up off the ground by his ears.
Police then spoke with SB, who stated that day, her father kicked her in her leg and buttock. Police also observed visible bruising to her left arm where she was grabbed. AB was the third minor to be interviewed who stated just that day, his father squeezed both sides of his neck from behind, punched him in the face, and kicked him in the leg.
The final minor child was MA, who is approximately one year old. The children told police that they witnessed their father smack and punch the baby in the face multiple times on a daily basis. They further stated that their father grabbed MA by both arms and threw her onto a bed, where she landed on her head. All the children’s statements about what was taking place in the household were corroborated by their physical injuries. The children all had multiple bruises and abrasions in the areas of the alleged assaults.
24-year-old Kadaijia Wing was jailed on July 9th after officers responded to a welfare check at Trice Landing Park to find her and Joseph Black passed out in a vehicle with children inside. There was a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old who is also autistic. Kadaijia woke up, and officers asked why her vehicle smelled like marijuana, to which she replied that someone smoked in her car earlier. During a probable cause search, police located four cut straws which are usually associated with ingesting narcotics, a pack of cigarillos, less than .5 grams of cocaine, and less than 14.175 grams of marijuana, well within reach of the children. DCS was contacted, and Joseph and Kadaijia were taken into custody and transported to Clarksville Police Department so DCS could conduct their investigation.
20-year-old Donnell Winn was booked on June 20th after neglectfully allowing a twenty-three-month-old child that was in his care to leave his residence and wander around outside an apartment complex on Needmore Road. A neighbor was on her way to work and found the child knocking on the door and playing in the street, so she took the child to another neighbor due to her being known to babysit children in the complex. Officers exhausted multiple efforts to locate the child’s parents by canvassing surrounding buildings, knocking door to door, and sirens and loud hails over the patrol car PA system throughout the complex. But their efforts were unsuccessful, so they reached out to DCS.
Later the child’s father called in, stating that his one-year-old child was missing and that he paid his brother, Mr. Winn, to babysit because he had no other plans for a sitter. When he got home, he asked where his son was, and Mr. Winn told him he didn’t know. Mr. Winn told police that sometime during the morning, his nephew managed to open the door to his apartment and leave.
40-year-old Melissa Woods is charged with child abuse of her 12-year-old son after admitting to slapping him in the face multiple times until he suffered a nosebleed. She told police the child was “being disrespectful and cursing” at her, so she advised him to stop, or she would “pop him in the mouth.” When he continued, she slapped him in the face multiple times.
33-year-old Brandy Gray was jailed on June 12th after leaving her 4-year-old autistic son home alone for over an hour and a half. Neighbors on Sunfield Drive reported a child running around the neighborhood with no shoes and no supervision. The complainant and her husband said they saw the boy return to his house but ran back out. They said while he was outside unsupervised, he was almost hit by a truck. When police arrived, they saw where the boy lived and noticed the front door was open. The officer entered the home, announced himself, and the boy walked down the stairs. There was no one else in the house. Police called Gray, who advised that she left the boy home alone after receiving a call that her grandmother had fallen, but she was on her way back from exit 40, where her grandmother lives.
39-year-old Weston Briggle was jailed on April 8th after he flipped his Kia on Mountain Road with two children inside. Police responded to the crash site and saw the Kia flipped on its roof and all passengers outside the vehicle. When police spoke to Briggle, they could smell alcohol coming from him, and his eyes were a bit bloodshot. There was an open container of Coors Light in the car, and police asked Briggle if he had consumed any alcohol which he replied that he had at least four beers and two shots within the last hour. He agreed to sobriety tests, performed poorly, and was transported to booking. He had his three-year-old child and his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter in the car with him during the crash.
As a child called 911, and 32-year-old Darothy Huff was restrained on the ground by her husband, she stated, “I’m calling CPS to remove them because I don’t want them anymore, and I hope they don’t know anyone, and they rape them!” Officers quickly arrived at the scene, where it was learned Darothy had two children in common with her husband, one from a prior relationship, and her husband brought one into the marriage. One of the children says Huff came home from drinking and began to yell at the children, pushed an 11-year-old girl into a shoe rack, and grabbed a 12-year-old male by the neck, scratching him, and the home was in disarray. Her husband then restrained her while one of the children called 911.
A three-year-old’s 25-year-old father, soldier William Esquerra, & 24-year-old stepmother, Nikola Eichlerova, told police they left the child asleep in their Independence Place apartment just after 3 p.m. Thursday and went to the complex’s gym. As they worked out, the child woke up and exited the third-floor apartment, and made his way to the basketball court, where he was noticed by other juveniles who alerted an employee of the complex. The toddler was able to lead the employee back to his apartment, and the parents were contacted via phone. Security video shows them entering the gym at 3:30 p.m. and staying until they receive the call at 3:54 p.m. The child is currently staying with his grandmother in Franklin, TN.
29-year-old Maria Amezquita Gonzalez was charged with 3 counts of child abuse and neglect. According to Clarksville Police, who were responding to a welfare check called in by the father, on Dec. 6th, Maria Gonzalez left her 3 kids, ages 9, 8, and 4, at home all-day unsupervised because she had to be in Memphis at 7 a.m. to film a tv episode for 12 hours.
Reportedly, Mrs. Gonzalez’s next door neighbor, Celina Robinson, told the officer she had been asked to watch the kids while Mrs. Gonzalez was away for the day, after which the police confirmed with Mrs. Gonzalez over the phone that this was true; only for Mrs. Robinson to later recant, saying she had no prior arrangement with Mrs. Gonzalez to watch the children, she had no idea the children were home alone and Mrs. Gonzalez had only contacted her once throughout the day to check on the children, by which point the police were already on the scene.
27-year-old O’Shay Randall Coffee is charged with felony child abuse and resisting arrest after police say he assaulted his six-year-old niece on the property of Hazelwood Elementary School on December 6th. School security cameras captured him jerking the child to the ground and kicking her in the stomach as he walked her to the school. As officers were taking him into custody, Coffee began to pull away from officers and was taken to the ground by multiple officers.
33-year-old Heather Nicole Meeks & 36-year-old Jerell Hinton were jailed on an assortment of charges after Jerrell assaulted their son with an assortment of household items, and Heather assaulted Jerrell with a toolbox to his face.
35-year-old Andrew Theodore Jones is charged with DUI and three counts of child endangerment after crashing his black Chevy Colorado into another vehicle at the intersection of N 2nd St & Kraft St late Saturday night. Police say he was extremely aggressive with the other driver and officers, and openly admitted to drinking prior to driving with his three children, ages 10, 14, and 15, in the vehicle with him. The children were medically cleared and had no injuries.