A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.
According to reports from the Covington Police Department, a woman came into the lobby of the police department Tuesday to file a complaint against her husband and to have officers document marks on her body reportedly made when he beat her with a belt.
The woman told officers that she was arguing earlier with 21-year-old Ismael Rios-Barbis, and she told him that she was taking their 10-month-old son and leaving him. He allegedly told her that she could go, but that she could not take their son. When she began packing her bags, Rios-Barbis reportedly "went into a rage" and began beating her. He then forced her into the bedroom, took her cell phone and locked the door.
The victim told officers that she was locked in the room for over two hours and attempted to escape through a window, but was unable to get the screen off the window. At one point, Rios-Barbis asked the woman if she was going to college that evening and when she told him she was he allowed her to get dressed in her scrubs and leave the house for school. When she left she went to her sister's home and from there, to the police station.
The woman reportedly told officers that the beating took place in front of the couple's son and that she was struck on the arms and legs with a black, double-notch belt.
Rios-Barbis was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with false imprisonment, battery and cruelty to children in the third degree. The 10-month-old child was turned over to his mother.