A 6-year-old in St. Paul thwarted a brutal assault when he physically intervened as his father attacked his mother, and then he called 911 for help, the Pioneer Press reports. When officers arrived, the boy yelled at them, "Police! Get in here! He's hurting my mom!"
According to a criminal complaint, Gregory Donnell Harris, 37, of Minneapolis, was charged with felony domestic assault and violation of orders for protection, stemming from the April 21 incident, the newspaper reports.
Harris had been prohibited from having contact with the mother and the boy, but he went to their home unannounced and became enraged when the woman told him he could not stay, the complaint says.
Harris is accused of pushing her down, jumping on top of her and punching and choking her. That prompted the boy to hit his father with a landline phone receiver, the complaint says.
The man is accused of unplugging the phone so the boy couldn't call 911, but the child found another phone, according to the complaint. Officers tackled and arrested Harris as he tried to flee the residence, the complaint says.