Floyd County Police arrested Robert Joseph Heagle, 33 of Rome, at his E. Center Road home on Sunday after he allegedly physically forced an 8-year-old to the ground causing wounds to her face. Reports added that when the mother of the child attempted to stop him,Heagle hit her which made her fall to the ground.
Police added that the incident occurred while two other children, ages 6 and 4 watched.
Heagle is charged with felony cruelty to children in the first degree, three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to children in the third degree and two counts of misdemeanor simple battery under the Family Violence Act.