Police: Man drives off, running red light, while estranged wife tries to take baby from car


Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday after police say that while running a red light with his 4-year-old son in the back seat, the side of his car hit his 3-month-old daughter’s car seat as she was being pulled from the car by the man’s estranged wife.

Raymond Turner, 41, of 2137 NE Seventh Ave., and his wife have been married 10 years, but in October, she received an injunction of protection against him that prohibited contact. On Saturday, Turner called his wife and asked her where she was because he wanted to see the two children, a Gainesville Police Department report said.

After Turner found her at Butler Plaza around 10:41 p.m., he took his wife and children to another store. The woman told police she asked Turner to take her and the children to her home, the report said.

Police said Turner told the victim he would but drove past the entrance to her complex. The woman told him to turn around and drop them off, but he refused, the report said.

As Turner’s car was stopped at a red light near Southwest 62nd Boulevard and Southwest 20th Avenue, the victim got out of the car and and took her 3-month-old daughter out of the car while she was still in the car seat, the report said.

When she tried to get her 4-year-old son out of the car, Turner drove off, running the red light. As Turner drove off, he struck his daughter’s car seat, causing it to jerk, the report said.

Turner was arrested Sunday and charged with child abuse and violating a violence injunction. He was being held Monday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $10,000.

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