A rural Granite City man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of aggravated battery, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the man as Dakota L. Childs, 23, of the 2400 block of Adams Street.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 10:08 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, that Childs was suicidal and armed with a knife at a home in the 4700 block of Warnock Avenue, Granite City. Deputies found Childs being physically restrained by family members, who he was struggling with and cursing. The responding deputy witnessed Childs spit in a family member’s face.
Childs was placed in handcuffs and escorted to the deputy’s vehicle. As Childs was being escorted to the vehicle, he made an aggressive attempt to turn toward a family member. The deputy attempted to secure Childs and requested assistance. A second deputy arrived and assisted in placing Childs in the back seat of a squad car. While attempting to secure Childs in the squad car, Childs spit in the initial responding deputy’s face. During the struggle with Childs, the initial responding deputy suffered a 3-inch laceration to his right outer palm. The deputy’s injury was cleaned and bandaged at the scene.
Childs was transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was found to be in possession of a suspected cannabis pipe. Childs was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. The felony warrant and information was issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Childs’ bond at $50,000.
Childs also was charged with misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.