Columbia man arrested on charges of endangering child, domestic assault

Monday, June 9, 2014 | 5:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Monday after police said he assaulted several family members and tried to set a female family member's hair on fire with a cigarette lighter.

Elijah Fox-Brown, 19, was arrested at about 2 a.m. at 201 E. Texas Ave. on charges of first-degree property damage, second-degree domestic assault, third-degree domestic assault and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

His bond was set at $10,000 with conditions for the property damage charge only, said Major Tom Reddin, Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The conditions require that Fox-Brown have no contact with the victims or return to their house, that he have no firearms or other weapons and that he not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances, according to court records.

The incident in which Fox-Brown is charged occurred May 25 in the 400 block of Oak Street, said Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer, Columbia Police Department.

Police said that during a fight with family members, Fox-Brown slapped a female family member several times, tried to set her hair on fire with a cigarette lighter and then took a swing at her. While trying several times to punch the same female, whom the probable cause statement didn't identify, Fox-Brown struck the woman's 2-year-old niece who was sitting on her lap.

Police said the female victim left the residence and Fox-Brown followed her outside. He picked up a concrete block and tried to throw it at her, but another female family member stopped him, according to the probable cause statement. 

According to the statement, Fox-Brown tried to punch him, and the family member fought back. Others eventually broke up the fight. Fox-Brown also threw a brick through the front windshield of the male victim's car, according to the statement. 

Reddin said Fox-Brown was released from jail on bond at about 4 p.m. Monday.

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