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Cumberland County father charged with assault

Posted July 27, 2015
Updated July 28, 2015

— A Cumberland County Amber Alert that began with an altercation between the child's parents Monday night ended with the child safe and charges against the father.

Tesssa Mceachern, 25, of Knollwood Drive, called authorities after Derrick Jamaal McClain, her ex-boyfriend and father of her 6-year-old child, broke her car window with a gunshot and grabbed her, the sheriff's office said.

Mceachern then realized that McClain had picked up their son, Jaylen Jo'el "Jay" McClain, up from day care and raised the alarm.

Mceachern told deputies that McClain had been threatening to harm himself and she worried for her son.

Shortly after the Amber Alert was issued, McClain's father, the grandfather of the child, called the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to report that the boy was with him and would be returned to his mother.

Although Derrick McClain was not charged with kidnapping his son, but he faces a charge of assault on a female for his alleged attack on Mceachern.

Anyone with information on McClain's wherabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.


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  • Amy Carey Jul 28, 2015
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    He used a shotgun to break her car window, and he grabbed her. If that isn't assault, what is?

  • Paul Jones Jul 28, 2015
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    Charges relating to a fight with the mother? Did he punch her? Given he drove away, sounds like he was trying to get away from her. Maybe she should be charged. Let's just charge everyone everyone somebody isn't smiling, shall we?

  • Crystal Potter Jul 27, 2015
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    Pictures would be great. Those descriptions per tain to a lot of people.