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Albany mother accused of throwing baby onto pavement after argument

Written by A. Smith

Published October 23, 2022 @ 10:53 PM ET

Warning: The following story contains information regarding violence against children.

Dougherty County (August 23, 2022) – An Albany mother was arrested on child cruelty charges for allegedly throwing her seven month old baby onto the ground in a parking lot and walking away during an alcohol-fueled argument with her boyfriend.

Police responded to Superior Creek Lodge after receiving a call from a male who wanted to report that his girlfriend, Tanada Terry, had injured their child during a verbal argument. When the police arrived, they met with both parties. Terry was upset and crying and threw herself onto the ground.

Terry stated that she and her boyfriend had broken up the day before and were arguing. She was leaving with the child, and as she crossed the parking lot, she accidentally dropped her. Terry claims her boyfriend pushed her and threatened to shoot and kill her. She said she was injured during the push and had a scratch on her right shoulder. Terry stated that she has a mental health diagnosis.

After speaking with Terry’s boyfriend, he told the police they had been arguing, and Terry was drunk. He was standing in his doorway while she crossed the parking lot to leave. He saw Terry throw his daughter to the ground and continue walking.

He ran at Terry as fast as he could, pushed her away, and picked up the child. He immediately called 911.

A neighbor on a nearby balcony was a witness to the event. She told police that she was outside and heard the pair arguing. She heard Terry yell, “I wish your kid were dead.” She witnessed her walking across the parking lot with the baby on her hip, dropping her, and continuing walking. She stated that the father came running, pushed her, and picked up the baby.

EMS was called to the scene to evaluate the child. The child suffered a swollen lump on the left side of her forehead and a cut to the top of her left middle finger. The child did not need to be transported for treatment.

Due to the physical injuries sustained by the child and the testimonial evidence, Terry was arrested and charged with cruelty to children causing excessive physical or mental pain. She was transported to Dougherty County jail. The case is currently pending in court.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the officer’s narrative report. We do not fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Any changes made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist.]

We, Cpl. Koizumi and Ptl. Mercedes, responded in normal mode to 2505 N Slappey Blvd Room [REDACTED] in reference to Family Violence.

Upon arrival, we made contat with [WITNESS #1] (Involved Other) and Tanada Terry (Offender). Tanada was visibly upset and crying. We saw Tanada throw herself on the ground. Tanada stated she got into a verbal argument with [WITNESS #1] who is her live in boyfriend and father of her child. Tanada stated she and [WITNESS #1] were verbally arguing and they broke up the day prior to this incident. Tanada stated she had been drinking alcohol. Tanada stated she was leaving the apartment with her daughter, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] (Victim), and she accidentally dropped her. Tanada stated multiple times that [WITNESS #1] pushed her and threatened to kill her and shoot her. Tanada stated she has a mental health diagnosis. Tanada stated she was injured due to [WITNESS #1] pushing her. I observed a scratch on her right shoulder.

I made contact with [WITNESS #1] who stated he got into a verbal argument with Tanada and she was leaving the room with their child, [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. [WITNESS #1] stated that Tanda was drunk from alcohol. [WITNESS #1] stated he was standing near the entrance to his room and saw Tanada walking in the parking lot with [REDACTED BY AGENCY] and saw over the cars that she threw [REDACTED BY AGENCY] on the ground. [WITNESS #1] stated he could not see the full view of Tanada and [REDACTED BY AGENCY] due to cars being in between them but he did see [REDACTED BY AGENCY] being thrown by Tanada.

[WITNESS #1] stated he immediately ran towards Tanada out of instinct and pushed her hard to get her away from [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. [WITNESS #1] stated he immediately picked [REDACTED BY AGENCY] up off of the ground of the parking lot. [WITNESS #1] stated Tanada did not attempt to pick up [REDACTED BY AGENCY] from the ground after she was dropped. [WITNESS #1] stated he immediately called 911. [WITNESS #1] stated there were witnesses that saw Tanada throw [REDACTED BY AGENCY] to the ground. [WITNESS #1] stated a white female in Apt. [REDACTED] witnessed the incident. [WITNESS #1] stated the ambulance responded to the scene to evaluate [REDACTED BY AGENCY] and told him that she appeared to be fine.

Med 2 ([REDACTED]/[REDACTED]) responded to the scene to evaluate [REDACTED BY AGENCY] but left prior to police arrival. I observed [REDACTED BY AGENCY] and saw a swollen lump on the left side of her forehead. I observed a cut to the top of [REDACTED BY AGENCY] left middle finger.

I made contact with [WITNESS #2] (Witness) in Room [REDACTED] who stated she was standing on the balcony near her front door and heard a male and female arguing downstairs. [WITNESS #2] stated she heard the female state multiple times “I wish your kid was dead”. [WITNESS #2] stated she observed the black female, holding a baby on her hip, and the female dropped the baby on the ground of the parking lot. [WITNESS #2] stated the female continued walking after she dropped the baby and did not attempt to pick the baby off of the ground. [WITNESS #2] stated she observed the father of the child running towards the baby, push the female to the ground, and picked up the baby from the ground. [WITNESS #2] completed a witness statement form. Sgt. Diaz was notified of this incident.

Tanada was placed in double locked handcuffs behind her back and searched incident to arrest with negative results. Tanada was placed in the back seat of my patrol vehicle and transported to Dougherty County Jail per Investigator Gulley’s request. Tanada was released into the custody of jail staff. We conducted a search of the back seat of my vehicle for contraband prior to leaving the sally port area of the jail, with negative results. My patrol vehicle was searched prior to my start of duty at approximately 1900 hours on 08/22/2022.

Cpl. Koizumi’s department issued body camera was on and recording during our time on scene. This case is labeled as Cruelty to Children. This case has been forwarded to Investigations.

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