Father charged after kids allegedly witness domestic incident

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by Elizabeth Eisele / KMOV Staff | @ElizEisele

KMOV.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7:00 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Authorities in Illinois have charged a father with child endangerment and domestic battery after police allege the man was involved in a domestic disturbance that happened in front of his children.

Caseyville Police said they were called to a domestic disturbance in progress at the America’s Best Inn in the 2400 block of Old County Inn Drive Thursday, February 6. Police said the suspected father fled the scene as officers arrived.

Then just after midnight, police said the suspect returned to the hotel where he was arrested.

Authorities have charged Derius Johnson, 24, with five counts of child endangerment after police allege Johnson’s five children witnessed the domestic disturbance. Johnson was also charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal damage to property.

Johnson is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on a $20,000 bond. 

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