James Eric Kelly

Bartow County deputies arrested 41-year-old James Eric Kelly at his residence on Highway 411 near White on Tuesday night for aggravated assault resulting in strangulation, family violence battery, and three counts of cruelty to children in the third degree.

A woman stated she tried to spank a child when Kelly grabbed her arm with one hand, grabbed her by the throat with the other hand, pushed her against a wall, and yelled at her. She said he then began hitting her in the head before she hit back, and he let go.

A deputy observed wounds to the complainant’s neck and arm.

A child said she saw daddy pick up mommy by the neck and hit her in the head.