Court: Son gets violent after letting dogs jump on mother's furniture

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 26, 2013 

Steven Montjoy

Steven Montjoy's mother asked him to do one thing after she returned from grocery shopping Monday afternoon — keep the family dogs off the furniture. But when he failed to do that, the 19-year-old allegedly attacked his mother, according to court testimony.

Montjoy faced one count of battery with visible physical harm and one count of cruelty to children in the third degree during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Police arrived at the woman's 7800 Crescent Drive home Monday evening, after Montjoy had allegedly already left. Montjoy's mother told police that she had been out shopping with her 9-year-old daughter and returned home with groceries. While she was bringing in groceries, she asked her son to keep the family's excited dogs from jumping on the furniture.

But Montjoy was allegedly unable to complete the task. And when he was unsuccessful, he reportedly began screaming and cursing at the animals. He began jumping on the furniture too, which the mother said scared his sister.

Before the mother was able to get Montjoy to calm down, he began screaming at her. He then allegedly attacked her, grabbing her left arm hard and jabbing her in the throat. She was eventually able to force him out the front door and locked him out.

Police noted that she had raised abrasions on her left arm and throat.

Hours after she filed the initial complaint, Montjoy allegedly returned to his mother's home. He begged to be let back in, but his mother instead called police. When officers arrived at about 1 a.m., Tuesday, Montjoy was found sleeping in a car.

During the hearing, Montjoy's mother said she loved her son, but couldn't allow him near her or her daughter anymore.

"Stephen has a drug problem. He has been in rehab twice now," she said. "I love him dearly, but he can not come back in our home because that's the last straw. He cannot lay his hands on us."

Judge Michael Joyner warned Montjoy to stay away from his family if he was able to make bond.

"You cannot contact her, not even to call and say 'Mom, I'm so sorry,'" Joyner said. "If he does contact you, call the police and he'll be charged with stalking."

Montjoy's bond was set at $6,000. His case will be bound over to state court.

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