Houston & Peach

Dublin man charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children

WARNER ROBINS -- An outing to a family entertainment center in Warner Robins on Saturday afternoon apparently turned ugly on the way, and a father was charged with aggravated assault.

Frederic Mac, 32, of Dublin, also was charged with battery, false imprisonment and third-degree cruelty to children in the family-violence incident, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.

The 911 call that afternoon that sent sheriff’s deputies racing down Ga. 96 was that “someone was pushed out of vehicle, along with a baby,” according to the sheriff’s incident report.

Deputies did find an injured mother and her unharmed 1 1/2-year-old child along the side of the road on south Ga. 96 just east of Old Hawkinsville Road, along with motorists who stopped to help them.

But Holland said the mother and child were not thrown out of the vehicle, but instead had gotten out of a stopped vehicle after an argument between the mother and Mac, the child’s father. The mother had asked Mac to stop the car and had struggled to get away from him with their child, Holland said.

Mac is accused of reaching into the back of the car and striking the mother on her face and head with his fist while they argued. He also is accused of later striking her in the back of the head twice with a pistol as she struggled to get away. She was taken to Houston Medical Center for injuries to the back of her head and face.

According to the sheriff’s report, the parents were on their way to a family entertainment center on Russell Parkway but argued after each realized that the other didn’t have any money for the outing. Mac fled after the incident but was later picked up by sheriff’s deputies.

Mac is free on a $12,700 bond, Holland said.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.