A Jacksonville mother who has filed and dropped assault charges against her boyfriend six times was arrested Thursday night and charged with two counts of child endangerment. By repeatedly allowing her boyfriend back into her home after he allegedly attacked her, the Jacksonville Police Department says the woman knowingly placed her three children in an unacceptably dangerous situation.
JPD officials said the 34-year-old black female regularly files charges against her boyfriend, 26, for assault/family violence. In each case, she has later dropped the charges. The latest incident between the two occurred Thursday morning.
Franklin called the event a “common thing between these two.” In the past year, the 26-year-old male has been arrested for assault in October 2007, for aggravated assault in December 2007, for violation of a protective order in January 2008 and for telephone harassment in February 2008 — with his girlfriend the victim in all cases. During the December assault, he allegedly stabbed her with a kitchen knife.
The man currently has two active assault warrants for his arrest, not including the one which will most liking be sought in Thursday’s attack. He is an ACCESS patient with a history of mental health related incidents.
The alleged abuse victim was arrested Thursday night after it became apparent to investigators that she would continue to put her children's’ lives in danger.
“In the incident that occurred just before this one, he not only assaulted her, but he also assaulted her teenage daughter — pushing her over a concrete wall. By allowing him to come back time after time, she is knowingly placing her children in a violent, abusive situation,” Franklin said. “CPS (Child Protective Services) has been contacted, and they are aware of the situation.”
In addition to the teenager daughter, the woman also has a seven-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. Her bond was set at $10,000 for each charge.