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Child unharmed in Weyers Cave domestic disturbance

Eric Arrington, 39, of Weyers Cave is charged with domestic disturbance and causing or encouraging acts to render a child delinquent or abused. Courtesy of Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at the Landings Lane Apartments in Weyers Cave Thursday morning.

The mother of a child reported to deputies that the father of her child, Eric Albert Arrington, 39, of Weyers Cave, had assaulted her and was holding their 4-year-old child in a bedroom. Dispute between the parents, according to the sheriff’s office, arose from the child being sick and Arrington opposing the mother’s seeking medical treatment for the child.

As deputies attempted to persuade Arrington to exit the bedroom, other residents of the apartment complex were informed to shelter in place.

After attempts to talk to Arrington were unsuccessful, S.W.A.T. negotiators were called to the scene. After an hour of negotiation, Arrington remained uncooperative, and deputies learned that he was armed with a knife.

Approximately two hours after the incident began, S.W.A.T. entered the bedroom at 12:15 p.m., took Arrington into custody and retrieved the child without harm. The child was assessed by Augusta County Fire Rescue personnel.

Arrington is charged with one count of domestic assault and causing or encouraging acts rendering children delinquent or abused. He is being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.