A Baton Rouge man who police said was “heavily intoxicated” was arrested Saturday after he punched a 2-year-old and kicked and spit at an arresting officer.

Police said they were summoned to a Prescott Road home because of a report of fighting and when they arrived, they could hear screaming coming from inside the apartment. After getting inside, officers determined Michael Woolfolk, 23, was drunk and causing the commotion and arrested him, according to a police report.

The family living at the residence told police that Woolfolk had come over to visit, but was asked to leave numerous times. When he finally went outside, the resident shut the door and locked Woolfolk out.

But Woolfolk forced his way back inside the house, police said, and once inside he attempted to punch the man who lived there, but missed and struck the 2-year-old instead. Woolfolk then turned back to the man and began to swing at him again, hitting him multiple times, police said. As the fight continued, a television, window and table were broken.

Officers said in the report that they attempted to put Woolfolk in a police cruiser, but he started kicking one of the officers on his legs. Later, when police removed Woolfolk from the car, he spit on the same officer that he had kicked, according to the report.

Woolfolk, 5620 Clayton St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary, cruelty to juveniles, simple battery, public intoxication, damage to property, battery on a police officer and resisting with force or violence.

Deputies: Man punches girlfriend in front of tot

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of punching his live-in girlfriend in the face and continuing to attack her while her 2-year-old son watched Sunday.

Maquel Robinson confronted his girlfriend while she was filling her car with gas at a Circle K where he demanded to know why the woman hadn’t answered his phone calls that day, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. The woman drove Robinson to their home, and their argument escalated. The woman tried to run away — but Robinson caught her by her arm and dragged her back inside the home, the report says.

He then dragged the woman to the couch and hit her with his hand.

Her screams awoke her 2-year-old son who came into the room, the report says. Robinson tried to punch her with a closed fist but missed, according to the report.

Child sticks paper in heater, starts house fire

A child who stuck paper into a space heater on Tuesday ended up sparking a fire that caused $25,000 in damage to a home Tuesday afternoon, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

The paper caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. and flames spread through the bedroom and kitchen at 2609 Lobelia Ave., said Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman.

The child and another family member, the only ones home, escaped the house unharmed, and firefighters had the flames out less than 20 minutes later, Monte said.

Apartment bedroom damaged in blaze

A fire whose cause is unclear burned an apartment’s bedroom on Florida Boulevard on Tuesday night, and caused $40,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters arrived to 10530 Florida Blvd., near Sharp Road, just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to find a unit’s bedroom on fire, said Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman. The firefighters were able to contain the flames to the bedroom, but the unit was heavily damaged by heat, smoke and water, while the unit above also had minor smoke damage, Monte said.

While the cause is unclear, Monte said, investigators do not suspect foul play.

Authorities book 7 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Jmikel Dykes, 31, 14112 Huntley Ave., Central, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, hit and run and possession of marijuana.
  • Ellis Jones, 22, 7943 S. Alabama St., New Orleans, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Ronnie Lewis, 40, 5443 Heatherstone Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required, speeding and reckless operation.
  • Leon Myles, 45, 9222 Roundtee Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and obstruction of a highway.
  • Hector Sagovia, 39, 9290 Ventura Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, speeding and driver’s license not in possession.
  • Jeffery Woods, 36, 1157 S. 15th St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Carolyn Wright, 46, 3468 Percy Dreher Road, Slaughter, first-offense DWI, license plate required, reckless operation, driving with a suspended license and expired motor vehicle inspection.

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