Cobb County Couple Charged With Child Cruelty Has Domestic History

MARIETTA, GA- A Marietta toddler remained on life support as of Thursday. Also the child’s parents Shomari Holmes and Chantelle Driver, remained in jail, charged with child cruelty. Police records indicated that Holmes was arrested three
times last year on domestic violence charges. In each case, Driver was listed as the victim.
Holmes is facing multiple counts of violence, with family members listed as the victims.

On Saturday, Marietta Police went to his apartment, where was arrested for striking his 21-month-old son in the head and ribs with a closed fist, causing internal bleeding. Driver, the boy’s mother, was arrested for knowing of the abuse, but not reporting it. The couple also faces felony child cruelty charges.

A Marietta Police spokesperson says Driver did call 911 once the boy became unresponsive.

On May 31, 2016, Holmes was charged with slapping Driver, leaving a visible mark. He served 30 days in jail and was sentenced to 11 months probation in that case.
In Douglas County, on August 18, 2016, Holmes was accused of shoving Driver’s head into a car and slapping her face. That case is still being investigated, according to Douglas County officials.

A third case, back in Cobb County, on September 28, an argument, investigators said, led to Holmes pushing Driver and slapping her face. Prosecutors have dropped charges from that particular case.

As for the toddler, Marietta police said he is not expected to survive.

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