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Report: Man told boy to 'fight him like a man'

Colin Warren-Hicks
Pensacola News Journal
Northwest Florida Daily News

MILTON — A man charged with child abuse is accused of assaulting a boy while yelling at the child "to fight him like a man."

Jimmy Ray Jones, 36, of Milton, was arrested Sunday and charged with battery and cruelty toward a child. He was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail with a $1,500 bond and released from custody Monday.

According to Jones' arrest report, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints about an argument that several callers feared may have turned physical about 9 p.m. Sunday.

A woman later told deputies that Jones had grabbed her hair and pinned her down on a couch, holding her there until the boy ran into the room and yelled for Jones to let her go.

The woman said Jones also threw a bookshelf at her that hit her leg, and deputies saw that the woman’s leg was injured, the report stated.

When investigators spoke with the boy, he described hearing the disturbance and running into a nearby room, where he saw Jones assaulting the woman.

The boy said Jones then turned his attention to him. According to the report, Jones grabbed the boy's arms and dragged the child down a hallway. He then forced him into a bedroom and shoved him onto a bed and demanded the boy "fight him like a man," the report stated.

The boy provided deputies with a video of the incident in which deputies noted they could hear that, "Jones was yelling that he needed to fight him like a man" as the boy yelled back that he was only trying to protect the woman, the report stated.