'Get your [expletive] daughter, I hit her, and am going to jail,' man tells girl's mother after school incident

Martin Roberts, 47, is charged with aggravated assault and second degree cruelty to children. (Source: Grovetown Police Department)
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Monday, May 13, 2019

GROVETOWN, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A 47-year-old Columbia County man has been charged following what happened inside a Grovetown Middle School guidance counselor's office.

According to the Grovetown Police Department incident report, Martin Roberts is charged with aggravated assault and second degree cruelty to children for the May 7 incident.

The incident report says Roberts was scheduled to pick up his daughter from school that day, but the daughter attempted to ride on the bus back home using a fake note.

The daughter, according to the report, told the school she did not want to go to Roberts' house and refused to say why.

The report says Roberts showed up at the school to pick up his daughter and was escorted to the counselor's office.

The daughter, the report says, "refused to interact in any manner" to her father. At that point, according to the report, Roberts began to yell and curse at his child before grabbing her throat and pushing her into a wall.

The report said school officials were able to separate Roberts from his daughter and detain him until the Grovetown Police Department arrived.

Roberts, the report said, had time to call his daughter's mother in that time and reportedly said, "Get your [expletive] daughter. I hit her, and am going to jail."

The mother told investigators there had been a history of domestic violence in the home with Roberts being the aggressor, the report said.

Roberts was arrested at the school and booked.

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