It is relatively easy to make accusations against a person. In some cases, a simple phone call is all it takes to initiate a police investigation. In fact, a warrant has been issued for a man in Virginia after a woman claims he took her 6 month-old baby from her. He faces charges of assault and abduction.
The alleged incident is said to have occurred just after 5 a.m. on a day in mid-April. A 25-year-old woman claims that she was outside of a house when she became involved in a verbal altercation with a 53-year-old man. It is unclear what the two people were arguing about.
During the incident, she claims that the man took the woman's infant -- who was still in a carrier -- from her and knocked her down. He then allegedly started to walk toward a house, but she says she followed him and was able to retrieve her child. She reportedly contacted police after she left the house. As a result of her accusations, the man -- who is said to have left the area before police arrived -- faces charges of assault and battery and abduction. No injuries were reported in the incident.
While the woman's accusations must be investigated, the Virginia man is now facing charges based solely on her version of events. In all cases involving accusations of crimes, a person is presumed not guilty unless there is sufficient evidence provided to the court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney with experience with assault and other charges can help the man navigate through the justice system, including during questioning.
Source: fauquier.com, "Manassas man wanted for assaulting woman, grabbing baby", April 17, 2017