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.

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

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