Cobb Police were called to the Powder Springs home of Darryl L. Whitfield, 36, shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Later that afternoon, Whitfield was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, simple battery, cruelty to children in the third degree, and obstructing or hindering persons making an emergency telephone call.
According to an arrest warrant for Darryl Whitfield, police were called to his home on Sweet Springs Drive at 1 p.m. Saturday. Whitfield’s wife told police he had threatened to kill her and then himself, and threatened to kill their son if his wife would not go into a bedroom with Whitfield.
The couple’s 11-year-old son called police, and according to the warrant: “Victim was visibly shaking and whispered to said Juvenile son to call 911. Said accused did take the phone out of said Juvenile son’s hand and told the 911 dispatcher that there was nothing wrong and to not send the police.”
The warrant says that between Nov. 12 and Saturday, Whitfield had attacked his wife because he was angry that she put a password on her phone.
“Accused did grab said victim by her hair and did force her to the ground,” the warrant states.
Accused did punch said victim in her left arm, left torso and left thigh. Said accused then did place one hand around said victim’s neck and strangled her until their Juvenile son entered the room and begged said accused to stop.”
The child-cruelty charge stems from the boy witnessing the violence against his mother, according to the warrant.
Whitfield was released from Cobb Jail early Sunday on $11,220 bond.
A telephone message left at the Whitfield home was not returned before press time.
Whitfield has been a Smyrna police officer for eight years and is assigned to the uniform patrol division. He is suspended with pay while Smyrna Police internal affairs investigates.