Bladen County Sheriff Steve Bunn said Freedom Kenny Harris, 25, of 2574 Old Stake Rd., Chadbourn, has been charged with assault on a female, assault on a child under 12, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest, injury to personal property, and criminal contempt.
He is in the Bladen County Jail serving a 30-day sentence for the contempt charge. Bond for the other charges was set at $6,000.
Bunn said Harris went to the home of Joanna James Bull at 1221 Pleasant Grove Church Rd., Bladenboro around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Harris allegedly forced his way inside, and assaulted Bull. He then grabbed up the couple's two-year-old child, Bunn said. Bull and Harris are the child's parents, Bunn said.
Bull called 911, and when deputies arrived, she ran out of the house, Bunn said. The woman was visibly injured.
Deputies then saw Harris step out of the house, holding the child, and duck back inside. He attempted to barricade himself in the home, Bunn said.
"The deputies had to kick the door down," Bunn said. "Our primary concern was the safety of the child."
Harris held the child in one arm and fought deputies with his free hand and feet, Bunn said. They finally subdued the man after a struggle.
The child was not seriously injured.
When Harris was taken before a magistrate, Bunn said, he became agitated and attempted to again assault deputies and the magistrate. He was charged with criminal contempt and sentenced to 30 days in the Bladen County Jail.
Bunn said Harris continued to fight with jailers and deputies throughout the Labor Day weekend. He became cooperative after deputies contacted a Bladenboro Police officer and requested assistance using a Taser.