Upon arrival, it was discovered that Rhonald Dean Hyde, 44, of Adairsville, had been in a physical dispute with the victim. Witnesses told deputies that Hyde “dragged” the victim from the house by her hair and forced her into the woods.
Deputies and investigators used a K-9 to track the pair in the woods and could not locate them after several hours of searching in the dark.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, investigators resumed the search in the daylight. After searching for more than three hours, they were able to locate Hyde and his victim at a nearby abandoned home.
Hyde was arrested and taken to the jail where he is being held for kidnapping under the Family Violence Act and burglary (F.V.A.).
The victim was evaluated by EMS and rescue personnel and returned to her family. She told investigators that Hyde had held her down several times so that she would not yell for help and that the two had stayed in a barn overnight.
Carterville man arrested in child abuse case
Chief Thomas Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department has advised that Dustin Michael Lewis, 18, of Cartersville, has been arrested in connection with a child abuse incident.
On Jan. 30, an officer was dispatched to Cartersville Medical Center to speak with the mother of a 6-week-old infant who was taken to the emergency room with a knot on her head.
The baby’s mother said that at 8 p.m., the night before, her boyfriend, Lewis, was feeding her baby in the bedroom, then came into the living room complaining that the baby had a knot on her head. She showed her father the small bump and they agreed she could have hit her head on the baby swing that she had been in.
The next morning, she was awakened by the screaming and crying of her baby, as if she was in pain. The bump had become larger so she brought the baby to the emergency room.
Further examination revealed that the infant also had broken ribs, a fractured skull, a broken left fibula, and a broken left femur.
After interviewing several individuals, including the suspect, Lewis was arrested and charged with cruelty to children and aggravated battery. He is currently in custody at the Bartow County Jail.
The infant was placed into state custody for her safety. The investigation is continuing.