Man, 31, jailed for hitting his father in the head with a hammer, sheriff said

Joseph Harper IV. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Joseph Harper IV. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A south Fayette County man has been charged with aggravated assault after striking his father in the head with a hammer during an argument about the son being evicted from his father’s house.

Joseph S. Harper IV, 31, was charged with aggravated assault, battery-family violence and obstruction, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies on March 18 at approximately 10 a.m. were called to a business on McBride Road where they were met by the business owner and the victim.

Deputies learned that the victim and his son, Joseph Harper IV, had been involved in a physical altercation over the father telling his son that he would have to live elsewhere, said Babb.

At one point, the physical altercation continued outside, with the nearby business owner hearing the commotion, Babb noted.

The son during the altercation struck his father in the head with a hammer, with the father then running to the neighboring business. The business owner then called 9-1-1, Babb said.

Babb said once on the scene, deputies found Joseph Harper IV in a nearby wood line, where he initially resisted arrest but was taken into custody.

The father was transported to Grady Hospital due to the wounds he received, Babb added.


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        Is the truth bigoted if someone says so or is the truth transient based what is popular or based on what is real?

        Are you afraid of truth? It gives me a place to stand while all of the nut cases rush by.

        • It’s “you’re” welcome.

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          I wish you much more peace than your posting history here suggests you have now.