Man charged for allegedly attacking wife, endangering 1-year-old child

By Steven Mross
This article was published January 12, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

A local man was arrested on misdemeanor warrants Wednesday stemming from allegations he attacked his wife last month and endangered his 1-year-old daughter in the process.

Chris Alan Grissom, 44, who lists an Owensville Cutoff address, was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. and charged with third-degree domestic battery and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, each punishable by up to one year in jail. He was later released on $3,000 bond and is set to appear Jan. 22 in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 21, Grissom's wife, 23, filed a complaint with Garland County sheriff's investigators about an incident that had occurred the day before involving her husband, Grissom, and daughter.

She said she was sleeping with her daughter in the bedroom and at some point her daughter got out of bed and went into another room. She said her daughter returned saying her fingers hurt and "hot" which she noted was how her daughter refers to some items in the house run with propane.

Grissom came into the room and said the daughter had been messing with something. She went to put cold water on the baby's fingers and asked Grissom to turn the stove off. She said he asked if they had a baby gate and when she said no he became angry and told her, "That's about (expletive) stupid!"

She said she took the baby into the bathroom and tried to shut the door when Grissom slapped her. She was able to get in and lock the door and he allegedly told her, "If you don't open this door I'll break your (expletive) neck."

She said he then broke down the door, causing her to fall on the floor, and began striking her. She said he grabbed the baby and was holding it under one arm. She demonstrated for investigators using a stuffed animal to show how he was holding the baby with her head facing front.

She said while he was attacking her, the baby was screaming and "her head was swinging back and forth." He finally left and went into another room. She said she grabbed a cellphone and dialed 911 and told him she would press call if he didn't give her the baby back.

She said Grissom then threw a jug of cleaner at her which she ducked to avoid. She said he finally put the baby down and she was able to take her out on the porch where she called 911. She was then able to leave in her vehicle.

A warrant was later issued for Grissom's arrest.

Local on 01/12/2018
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