WARSAW — A Warsaw man was recently arrested on two battery cases, one of which involved hitting a child.
In the first case, Nathaniel James Hollett, 34, 752 E. CR 300N, Warsaw, is charged with domestic battery to a person less than 14 years of age by a person at least 18 years of age, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor. Hollett is also charged with domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
On Feb. 22, a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s officer went to a local hospital for a report of child abuse and met with a woman who said that the child was spending time at Hollett’s residence when they were injured.
According to court documents, while at the home, the child was allegedly struck by Hollett, which resulted in an eye laceration. The child told the officer while they were at Hollett’s home, they were playing with BB guns. At one point, Hollett fell in the home. The child said Hollett thought they were laughing at him and that Hollett hit the child twice with his hand, causing the eye injuries.
The officer went to Hollett’s residence to speak about the incident but was unable to make contact with him at that time.
On May 14, a county sheriff’s officer went to speak with the woman who reported the child being injured in February. The woman said she was in a hospital overnight and asked Hollett to take her home. When he picked her up at the hospital, an argument quickly ensued.
Upon arrival at the woman’s home, Hollett allegedly pushed the woman through a doorway, causing her to run into a microwave. Later on, another argument ensued and Hollett kicked the woman’s foot while she was laying down. When she said she was going to contact police, Hollett left the scene. There were four children inside the home at the time of the altercation. The officer noticed the woman had a bruise and scratches on her arm, as well as a bruise on top of her foot.
On May 15, the officer met with one of the children who heard Hollett and the woman arguing. The child also said the woman told them Hollett had hurt her foot. The officer later received a call from Hollett, who denied hitting the woman.
Hollett was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Aug. 1.