A family fight ended with the arrest of one man on charges of cruelty to children and criminal trespass early Sunday morning.
Officers were called to an apartment in Magnolia Heights by a "belligerent male" who had reportedly called 911 and requested police. When the officers arrived they could hear a male yelling and cursing inside the home. The first time they knocked on the door it became quiet inside but no one answered. After several knocks by police the neighbor across the hall reportedly opened her door and told officers that she had heard yelling in the apartment for the last hour. At that point a man, later identified as James Hardegree, opened the front door.
Officers noted in their report that they immediately recognized Hardegree from being at the residence on several other occasions during family fights. He was placed into handcuffs and taken to a patrol car. Once inside the home officers saw that the coffee table had been flipped over and broken and that glass was strewn across the living room.
After speaking with Hardegree's girlfriend officers learned that he had gone downstairs to play poker with his friends and then left and headed to The Depot, coming home after drinking, which is what caused the argument between the two. It was during that time that Hardegree allegedly broke the coffee table, according to reports.
All of the fighting and the breaking of the table occurred in front of a 1-year-old girl.
Hardegree was transported to the Newton County Detention Center.