Tyler man accused of striking, throwing 7-year-old

Tyler man accused of striking, throwing 7-year-old
Jonathan Fargey (Source: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler police have arrested a man following the serious injuries of a 7-year-old boy.

Jonathan Wade Fargey, 29, of Tyler, is charged with injury to a child. He was arrested Monday and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were dispatched to a Tyler hospital on Sunday after it was reported the child had been assaulted.

Police spoke to a witness, who said Fargey called her and said, “I’m freaking out, I think I just broke [redacted] nose... I just beat the [expletive] out of him. I picked up and held [redacted] by his throat and hucked him into our bedroom."

According to the affidavit, police saw contusions near the boy’s eyes, face, throat, neck and right elbow. A doctor said the boy’s trauma to his face and neck was consistent with being choked and strangled.

Police then went to Fargey’s apartment and detained him. After he was read his Miranda warning, Fargey admitted to slapping the boy and that he force used was not out of discipline, but out of anger, according to the affidavit. He also said the amount of strength he used was inappropriate and an overreaction.

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