Smithville Police Make Three Arrests In Domestic Assault Investigation

December 22, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have charged three people stemming from a domestic assault investigation on Wednesday.

Police Chief Thomas Stufano says those charged in the case are 34 year old Patsy Estes - McCoy, 40 year old Mark McCoy, and 71 year old Melvin McCormick.

In a prepared news release, Chief Stufano says \"On Wednesday, police responded to a reported domestic assault at 860 Cooper Street. Upon arrival, officers found that a female juvenile had been assaulted by her mother, Patsy Estes - McCoy and her step-father, Mark McCoy leaving numerous bruises and marks on the child's body. The child was also covered in dog food that the step-father had thrown all over the child. After the incident, the parents drove away together from the scene prior to the police response. During the investigation, the grandmother advised the officers that the child suffers from a diminished mental capacity and cerebral palsy.\"

\"On Friday, police detectives were able to track the mother to 701 Fisher Street at a residence owned by Melvin McCormick. Police contacted McCormick there and were advised by him that Ms. McCoy had just left.\"

Chief Stufano says \"during the questioning, it was apparent that McCormick was concealing the truth so officers set up a surveillance of the residence. Approximately 20 minutes passed when McCormick and Ms. McCoy came out of the front door and left in McCormick's truck. Officers followed the vehicle in an attempt to find the husband but due to the erratic driving of the driver, the vehicle was stopped.\"

Ms. McCoy was immediately taken into custody and McCormick was processed for driving under the influence of alcohol. Both were transported to the DeKalb County Jail.

Charges on Ms. McCoy include child abuse and neglect and theft of city water services. It was found that Ms. McCoy and her husband had broken and reconnected a city water meter at their residence when it was shut off for non-payment. Bond was set at $3,500.

McCormick was charged with accessory after the fact and driving under the influence. His bond was set at $6,000.

Meanwhile, Chief Stufano says police arrested Mark McCoy Thursday night when he returned to his residence and was attempting to move his belongings out.

He was subsequently charged with domestic assault, child abuse and neglect, and destruction and theft of city property and services. His bond was set at $6,000.

Chief Stufano says Smithville Police are committed to actively investigating these types of crimes and encourages all residents to report suspicious incidents to the police.

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