A Belleville man is in jail on suspicion of beating his wife and 3-year-old daughter.
Jason R. Taylor, 35, of 278 Carlyle East, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a child, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery. His bond was set at $75,000.
St. Clair County sheriff's deputies Chris Fitch and Jason Boyd arrived at Taylor's home Thursday after a call about an aggravated domestic battery that had just occurred, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Lt. Scott Weymouth.
The mother, and wife of Taylor, told police she was downstairs of the couple's home when she heard a loud thud upstairs and heard her daughter crying. When she went upstairs she found that her husband, Taylor, had thrown the girl to the bathroom floor and was yelling at her. While her mother watched, the girl's father picked her up again, took her to a bedroom while yelling at her, and threw her against a wall where she hit her head, according to police.
When the mother tried to rescue her child, Taylor slapped the woman across the face. He left the home on foot before deputies arrived.
While the woman talked to deputies about the incident, she told them Taylor had hit her with a hammer and kicked her several times a few days earlier. Ambulance workers arrived and discovered visible injuries on both the mother and the child, according to a police report.
A search for Taylor commenced and he was found about 20 minutes after leaving the home walking back toward the residence. He was taken into custody.
Sheriff's Investigator Maurice McMiller was assigned to the case and submitted the case to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, who filed charges against Taylor.
Taylor remains in custody in the St. Clair County Jail.