Update: Alleged Child Abuse Suspect Caught; 2 kids hospitalized
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Update: The man accused of beating four children has been arrested. Chattanooga police say they arrested James Skiles Saturday evening near Hermitage Road in Red Bank. He faces aggravated child abuse charges. He also faces charges for six other warrants for burglary and child support. Skiles was booked in the Hamilton County Jail.
Police say James Skiles ran from the home after he severely beat two-year-old twins, a seven- year-old, and 10-year-old boy. Neighbors tell Channel 3 Skiles is the children's mother's boyfriend.
According to police he began beating them when they didn't obey him. He ran away before police arrived, now detectives are asking the public to help them find him.
"She just started yanking on me, telling me to come help her," says Jameika Green.
Green still can't believe what she saw inside her neighbor's home Friday night.
"One of her little boys had bruises where his head had been rammed into the wall," she says.
According to police six children live at 4905 Jeffrey Lane. Early in the evening one of the older girls frantically knocked on Green's door.
"When I looked at the 2-year-old I immediately grabbed my phone and called the ambulance," she says.
When police arrived they found a set of two-year-old twins, a seven-year old and 10-year-old boy suffering from blunt force trauma. They'd been allegedly brutally beaten by 34-year-old, James Skiles.
"You would never think a man would do something like that to his girlfriend's kids," Green says.
This is a facebook picture of Skiles with the children's mother. Green says they've been dating ever since the family moved in a year ago. She says this isn't the first time she's seen bruises on the children.
"This isn't the first time he's bruised the children," she says. "For some reason he keeps them locked in the house."
By the time police arrived Skiles had already fled. He's wanted on six outstanding warrants unrelated to the beating.
"The little boy had cigarette burns," Green says. "He had bruises all over his stomach, face and back."
Police haven't said what Skiles used to beat the children. One suffered a broken leg, two are in the hospital. Green says she just hopes detectives find him soon.
"No child should have to go through this," Green says. "It's just not right."
Green says she's called police before to report abuse, although that hasn't been confirmed.
She says the children's mother was at a job interview when the beating occurred.
Anyone with information on James Skiles whereabouts, is asked to contact police at 423-698-2525.