Man accused of beating, dragging pregnant woman claims he was ‘defending himself’

Man accused of beating, dragging pregnant woman claims he was ‘defending himself’
Daniel Deshaun Barrow, 24, Jonesboro Domestic battering-third degree/multiple offenses within 5 years, failure to appear-misdemeanor (4/22) (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man accused of hitting a woman pregnant with his child and dragging her across concrete told police he was just “defending himself.”

Police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Deshaun Barrow early Monday morning after they were called to the 300-block of Buckbrush regarding a domestic disturbance.

The victim told officers she and Barrow were watching TV when he received a text from another woman, and they began to argue.

She said Barrow began throwing things. When she tried to get away, according to the probable cause affidavit, Barrow grabbed her hair and dragged across concrete and back into the home.

The victim finally got away from Barrow and ran to a neighbor’s to call 911.

The woman, who is 16-weeks pregnant with Barrow’s child, had “scrapes and cuts” from being dragged on the concrete, as well as swelling and bruising to her arm, according to the court documents.

Officers arrested Barrow at the scene and took him in for questioning. He invoked his right to counsel and no questions were asked.

“But, as paperwork was being completed he made the spontaneous utterance that he was defending himself as the reason why he had hit her several times,” the detective noted in the affidavit.

After reviewing the case, Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Barrow with third-degree domestic battery against a pregnant woman, a Class D felony.

Barrow is currently free on a $7,500 cash/surety bond.

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