VIDEO UPDATE: JPD arrest man after stabbing woman and 2-year-old child

Theodis Coleman (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Theodis Coleman (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man faces a first-degree child endangerment charge after police say he stabbed a 2-year-old child in the arm


Sunday evening Jonesboro police went to the 1900-block of East Johnson for a civil standby while a woman retrieved her daughter from 37-year-old Theodis Coleman.

The woman told investigators that Coleman had made threats earlier in the day to kill her and her family if she tried to get the child back.

While at the house, according to the probable cause affidavit, Coleman pulled a steak knife from his pocket and lunged toward the woman who was holding her two-year-old daughter.

"The knife went through the arm of the 2-year-old victim and into [the mother's] arm," the court documents stated.

Officers applied a tourniquet to the child's arm until EMS arrived and she was flown to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

After reviewing the state's case, Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause Monday to charge Coleman with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree domestic battering, first-degree terroristic threatening, and first-degree domestic battering.

Coleman remains incarcerated in Craighead County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash/surety bond awaiting a June 29 appearance in circuit court.

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