Man accused of hitting girlfriend, infant

Man accused of hitting girlfriend, infant

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Blytheville police had to tase a man twice after they say he hit his girlfriend and her six-month-old baby.

Brandon Haliburton is charged with third-degree domestic battery (second offense), second-degree domestic battery (infant), endangering the welfare of a minor, theft by receiving, possession of a firearm by certain persons, refusal to submit to arrest, and fleeing.

The victim told police Sunday she and Haliburton had been arguing about a co-worker wanting to buy her a car battery when Haliburton began choking her. She said she nearly passed out.

While he choked her on the ground, the woman managed to kick Haliburton off of her then got up and tried to walk away. That's when she said he struck her in the back of the head, cutting it open.

She told police all she remembered after he struck her in the head was Haliburton picking her up and yelling, "Why he wants to buy you a battery?"

Haliburton then began hitting her in the face and head several times, a report from Captain Scott Adams said.

The woman then went into the living room and picked up her six-month-old baby. She said Haliburton continued hitting her. He also reportedly struck the infant, causing swelling. The woman went to Great River Medical Center for the treatment of her injuries.

Following the alleged assault, Haliburton left the home.

Officers later found him at McDonald's, 3703 S. Division St. When they approached him, Adams said Haliburton stood up and ran toward the exit door.

Adams said officers attempted to tase Haliburton, but it had no effect on him. They managed to catch and take him to the ground.

As police attempted to handcuff Haliburton, they said he began pulling his hands away.

"Officers had to tase the male once more on the side," Adams said.

After getting the handcuffs on him, officers patted Haliburton down and reportedly found a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun in his waistband, which they later learned had been reported stolen from the Caruthersville area.

Haliburton is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office.

According to Adams, at the time of Sunday's arrest, Haliburton was free on a $75,000 bond on a March 15 gun incident. At that time, he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of a firearm by certain persons, no driver's license, and fictitious tags.

In 2014, Haliburton was charged and convicted of robbery, Adams said.

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