When Anthony Gulledge, 30, returned to his Memphis home Saturday night, he was looking forward to eating the last slice of cheesecake he saved. He soon found that the slice was missing from the fridge and figured that his girlfriend’s 3-year old son ate it.
He dragged the toddler out of his bedroom by his ankles and whipped him with a belt until he had a broken femur bone in his leg, a dislocated vertebrae, and bruised lungs.
The infant’s mother, Katrina Johnson, called the police to report the assault the next morning, and told the cops that her partner attacked her little boy on two separate occasions. Johnson was also arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after police said she did nothing to stop the beating and waited a day to call the cops. She is being held on a $75,000 bond.
WREG caught up with Angel Scott, Johnson’s sister, who said, “I know my sister wouldn’t do anything to hurt her child. She wouldn’t, but I know that she’s afraid of her boyfriend, and that’s the only reason she didn’t try to defend the baby like she wanted to. She’s very afraid of him, I know she is.”
The child, whose body was found covered in bruises, remains in critical condition at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Police records show that officers have responded to multiple domestic assault reports at the same address.
Gulledge, who is being held on a $210,000 bond at Shelby County Jail, is charged with neglect, aggravated child abuse and domestic assault. He has denied hitting the boy.