Deputies arrest man for striking, dragging 37-week pregnant wife

    A man accused of slapping and dragging his 37-week pregnant wife has been arrested by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies.

   Wednesday, Deputies arrested Willie Preston Singleton of 110 Hilltop of West Monroe, on charges of domestic drug abuse battery involving a pregnant woman and violation of a protective order.

    According to the arrest report responded to a disturbance report at the Hilltop Street address. In the course of the investigation Singleton and his spouse of four years engaged in an argument in front of deputies. 

    The report said Singleton “put his right hand around her neck and squeezed. Singleton struck her in the right shoulder with his hand. Singleton then dragged her to a bedroom where he got on top of her and held her down.

     After reading his Miranda rights, Singleton told deputies that he “was trying to stop the victim from freaking out.” He said he had been drinking.

     Deputies reported that there were four children under the age of 12 at the address during the alleged battery.

     Singleton was under a protective order to avoid contact with the victim. He also had been arrested for domestic abuse and battery and child endangerment in 2020.

     Deputies noted that Gwen’s Law would apply in Singleton’s case. Gwen’s law prevents persons charged with domestic abuse from receiving automatic bail. The suspect must appear before a judge to show that if granted bond that there is no likelihood that he may cause further harm.