A Springville man was arrested on assault and child abuse charges Wednesday after a 911 call was made by a child.
Dwight Josh Bryant, 30, of 80 Stephanie Lane was arrested at 3:04 p.m. at his home by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll.
According to Carroll’s report, a child made a 911 call saying that an adult in the home was hurting someone. When Carroll arrived, three children — one boy and two girls — ran out of the home.
The report indicated Bryant was standing in the door yelling at the boy and telling him to get inside.
Carroll said he noticed strangulation marks on the boy’s neck when he got out of his car. He ushered the children over next to the house to get out of the rain and began talking to Bryant.
Bryant said the children were being disrespectful, and he would not be disrespected. He also told Carroll he was a white supremacist and he lived by the “14 words,” a white supremacy slogan.
Carroll said he repeated himself several times, and said things had gotten “a little out of hand,” when he was asked what happened with the children.
The boy told Carroll that Bryant had begun yelling at one of the girls. The boy said he stepped up and told Bryant he wasn’t going to talk to them like that.
He said Bryant then grabbed him by the throat and began to choke him. The boy said he had to elbow Bryant and fight to get away.
He told Carroll that Bryant followed him to his room and choked him a second time. Both little girls witnessed the assault.
Carroll said family members and a family friend were called to pick up the children. A family friend picked up the boy, as his mother was at work, and the girls were picked up by their mother.
Bryant was arrested for domestic assault, aggravated assault and aggravated child abuse or neglect.
He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $100,000.
Carroll said he waited about 30-45 minutes for family members to arrive at the Sheriff’s Department. After phone calls to relatives of the children, he was unsuccessful in getting the family members to come to the Sheriff’s Department.
He told one of the adults on the telephone that the Department of Children’s Services was to be contacted and he needed more information for that and his report. She then agreed to come speak with Carroll in person.
He told her that the boy had been choked not once, but twice and had visible marks.
The woman said she would not allow the boy to come speak to Carroll, and said the marks were almost gone.