Police: Man Threw Children, Ages 1 And 4, Over Barbed Wire Fence During Chase

SMYRNA, Ga. (CBS Local) — A Georgia man is accused of throwing his two young children over a barbed wire fence while trying to run away from the police.

Officers began chasing Deondrea Leonard, 34, of Smyrna as he walked along the center turn lane of a busy street on Nov. 24, pushing the children in a stroller, CBS affiliate WGCL reported.


Investigators say Leonard disobeyed commands to stop. During the pursuit, he “stopped once to throw” his 1-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter “over a 7-foot-high barbed wire fence then continued running,” according to his arrest warrant.


The one-year-old landed on his face and suffered minor scratches, police said.


Leonard was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to children and misdemeanor counts of walking on a roadway, giving a false identifying information to an officer and willful obstruction of a law enforcement officer.


Leonard remains at the Cobb County jail with bail set at $22,200.