A Newton County father was arrested Thursday after allegedly manhandling his daughter during a fight over her boyfriend and a gaming console.
Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Locust Circle around 7:30 p.m. When they arrived they met with Jimmy Ray Mobley who admitted to calling 911 because he and his daughter had been in an argument that became physical.
The catalyst for the argument was the daughter's boyfriend who, according to Mobley, had driven to the Goodwill without a valid license. Mobley said the boyfriend had recently been arrested for driving without a license and Mobley and his wife had posted his bond. According to reports, Mobley admitted to police that during the argument with his daughter he had pushed her "out of frustration, not anger."
When officers met with the daughter, they could see she was "visibly upset and shaking," and, "while fighting back tears," she told them about the verbal altercation with her father that had turned physical. She agreed the argument had been about her boyfriend driving without a license but added it also stemmed from a missing video gaming system.
The daughter said her father was also upset that her 16-year-old brother was in the car with her boyfriend during his trip to Goodwill. She said when she tried to walk away from the argument her father followed her through the house yelling at her. She admitted to swinging at her father in self defense after being knocked down.
The 16-year-old brother told officers he witnessed the incident and shoved his father in an attempt to get him away from his sister.
Mobley was arrested and charged with Family Violence Act simple battery. He was transported to the Newton County Detention Center.