East Baton Rouge deputies book man accused of slapping, threatening wife, hurling a chair that hit toddler _lowres

Mark Caruso, 26

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 26-year-old man accused of slapping and threatening to kill his wife before their 13-month-old child was hit by a chair he hurled across the room.

Mark Anthony Caruso, of 12335 Sullivan Road, came home from work Wednesday “already irate,” according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Despite his wife’s efforts for several hours to calm Caruso, the report says, the situation escalated and Caruso slapped her in the face and shouted, “I will kill you.”

As she left the room, Caruso followed, picked up a kitchen chair and threw it across the room, the report says, striking the toddler.

The woman called sheriff’s deputies for help and ran next door, the report says.

When deputies arrived, they found both the woman and the infant crying hysterically, the report says.

The woman had several bruises on her arm and a cut lip, though the infant didn’t show signs of physical injuries, the report says.

Deputies handcuffed Caruso, who told them he had argued with his wife after getting home from work, but claimed there was no physical altercation.

Deputies booked Caruso into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment, simple assault and cruelty to a juvenile.

Bail for Caruso, who remained in jail Thursday evening, is set at $18,000.