Man arrested for allegedly beating a woman in front of her child in 2014

Gerald Freeman,Jr (courtesy: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man accused of beating a woman for hours in front of her child back in December 2014.

According to the RCSO bookings, Gerald Antonio Freeman, Jr., 33, was arrested on simple battery, battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, and obstruction charges.

On Monday, December 22, 2014, deputies responded to a call to the Blimpie on 15th St. in reference to an assault. The victim told deputies that on Saturday, December 20, her and Freeman were involved in a verbal argument about her "going out."

The victim told deputies Freeman became violent and punched her in the right eye with a closed fist. She says he chocked her, kicked her in the stomach and chest, all in front of her 23-month-old child. According to the incident report, the victim says the abuse continued sporadically for several hours.

The victims said she feared for her life and her daughter's life so she did not try to leave. She also says Freeman took her cell phone and keys.

She says Freeman made her stay in the house until Monday when he wanted to go get food. When Freeman went inside the Blimpie, the victim says she told the first person she saw to call 911, and she got out of the car with her child.

The victim says Freeman drove away in her car with her house keys and cell phone.

Deputies say when they got to the scene, the victim's right eye was swollen shut, had scratches on her neck and a cut above her right eye. She was taken to GRU for treatment.