A Bowdon man was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, simple battery and cruelty to children.

Carroll County sheriff's deputies were called to Reavesville Road in Bowdon on Jan. 26 in reference to a physical fight between a married couple in their yard. The wife, Penny Reaves, told deputies that she and her husband, 39-year-old Herman Reaves, had come home after having a few drinks at a company party.

After arriving home, driven by a friend, Herman Reaves accused his wife of having an extramarital affair and grabbed her by the throat. Penny Reaves told deputies that when her husband grabbed her throat, he lifted her off the ground with one hand, not allowing her to breathe.

The Reaves’ 12-year-old daughter saw what was happening and attempted to separate her parents. The young girl told police that her father then grabbed her by the hair and slammed her into the wood pile and told her to go inside, using obscenities. The daughter then called 911.

Penny Reaves told deputies that her husband then forcefully slammed her to the ground and began kicking her in the head, face and side. She said she attempted to get away by crawling on her stomach to a vehicle that was parked in the driveway. She said her husband dragged her from underneath the car by her hair and then lifted her up, dragged her through the yard and threw her down the side of a hill.

Deputies reported that when they arrived, they saw Herman Reaves walking into the home. When they approached the door in the carport they saw the 12-year-old daughter come to the door with Herman Reaves behind her.

Deputies asked him to step outside but Reaves responded with profanities and locked the door.

Deputies found Penny Reaves approximately 10 feet down a hill in the woodline lying face down. She was semi-conscious and bleeding from the forehead and face. Both mother and daughter were taken to a hospital.

Deputies continued to try to contact Herman Reaves, who remained inside the home. His parents spoke to deputies and advised law enforcement that they would speak to their son and encourage him to go to the sheriff’s office to talk about the incident.

Deputies prepared four warrants for Herman and arrested him Wednesday. Herman remains at the Carroll County Jail.



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