Baby thrown during fight in Rock Hill, police say

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 15, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man already facing a charge of attempted murder was arrested Tuesday afternoon and released about 24 hours later after being charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to police documents.

Javan Labreese Peele, 21, spent the night in jail and was released Wednesday on a $2,000 bond, according to police and court officials.

Peele is accused of shooting a York man in the back in November 2012.

A date for the attempted murder trial has not been set and Peele’s recent arrest could add a “wrinkle in the time frame,” said York County Assistant Solicitor Misti Shelton.

Detectives recommended that the Rock Hill court set Peele’s bond low on Wednesday because he cooperated with officers during his arrest on Tuesday, said Mark Bollinger, police spokesman.

Sending an opinion to the bond hearing judge with a bond amount request is rare, said Diane Anderson, Rock Hill clerk of court, but police and victims’ advocates can submit requests for consideration as police did in this case.

A defendant’s criminal history is shared with the judge or ministerial recorder presiding over the bond hearing, she said.

In Peele’s case, the judge was aware of the fact he is out of jail on bond, awaiting trial for attempted murder, Anderson said.

Wednesday evening, Peele left the Rock Hill jail by making the $2,000 bond.

The unlawful conduct toward a child charge and the attempted murder charge are now in the hands of the York County solicitor’s office, Anderson said.

If the solicitor thinks Peele’s bond was too low, she said, he may request that a circuit court judge revoke the bond set for the unlawful conduct toward a child charge.

Peele was released from York County’s Moss Justice Detention Center in February 2013 on a $30,000 bond after he was accused and charged with shooting a man in the back last year, according to jail officials.

Police accused Peele in December 2012 of shooting Timothy Stewart, then 24, on Fargo Street.

The scene of last year’s shooting is in Rock Hill’s Boyd Hill neighborhood, where Peele was arrested Tuesday.

State Law Enforcement Division records show Peele was convicted for possession of marijuana in June 2010. Six months later, he was charged with armed robbery but was never convicted.

In late 2012, he pleaded guilty to another possession of marijuana charge. He was sentenced to 29 days in jail.

When arrested on Tuesday, Peele was with a woman who threw her 4-month-old baby to the ground in his car seat, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The woman, Jalishia Santana Patton, 22, of Rock Hill, is charged with unlawful conduct toward the child and criminal domestic violence, the report states.

Police arrested Peele and Patton on Tuesday after witnesses told officers they saw them arguing near Drake Court, according to the report.

Officers caught up with Patton and Peele near Boyd Hill Recreation Center, the report states.

One witness told police they saw a man waving a gun from a car window driving down Constitution Boulevard, according to the report. Officers did not find a gun in the car or with Peele during his arrest, Bollinger said.

In the recreation center’s parking lot, police found Patton behind the wheel of a PT Cruiser and told her to put the car in park, according to the report.

Instead of stopping her car, Patton struck the front of an officer’s patrol vehicle in the parking lot, the report states.

During the argument near Drake Court, a witness told police she watched Patton throw the baby out of her car while the infant was still in his car seat, the report states.

As the argument continued, Patton tried to drive away and dragged Peele beside the vehicle before he was able to get in, according to the report.

Police also charged Patton with criminal domestic violence for injuring Peele during the argument, the report states.

The Department of Social Services is involved and the child is staying with a relative and is not in danger, Anderson said.

Peele still faces the attempted murder charge, Bollinger said, and if he pleads guilty or is found guilty, it would be his first conviction of a violent crime.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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