Woman Holds Son Up As Shield in Fight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Police say a 22-year-old woman held up her year-old son as a human shield during a fight with the child’s father.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/y9jmkH) reports 24-year-old Devin Juan Wilkes now faces multiple charges stemming from the December attack in the couple’s Jacksonville apartment.

He was arrested Monday and is being held on $500,000 bond.

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report indicates the man threw the child face-first to the floor as he continued hitting Sheena Hunter. The fight started as she took a bath and continued a few minutes later in the bedroom.

Police say Wilkes started waving a knife at Hunter, who grabbed their son in hopes he wouldn’t stab her. They say the baby wasn’t injured.

Jail records did not indicate whether Wilkes has an attorney.


Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com