Courts & Crime

Fort Worth man accused of tossing 5 year old into traffic

After a woman got out of her car in the middle of Texas 121 on Saturday night to escape her boyfriend, the man grabbed her 5-year-old son, held him over his head and shook him before pushing him into traffic, Grapevine police said Monday.

Motorists slowed to avoid hitting the child, who was found uninjured by officers responding to numerous 911 calls.

One caller told a dispatcher, "A guy has some lady's baby, and the baby got thrown in the middle of the highway," according to a 911 tape released Monday afternoon. "She's freaking out."

On the tape, the sound of screeching tires can be heard as a van strikes the car, and a woman can be heard screaming.

Michael Jerome Walker, 22, of Fort Worth, was in the Grapevine City Jail on Monday with bail set at $15,260.

He faces a charge of endangering a child. He also faces charges of making a terroristic threat and assault based on the woman's complaint that he punched her and threatened to kill her, police said.

After Walker was arrested, authorities found that he was named in eight unrelated warrants issued in Fort Worth and three from Euless.

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