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Man charged with firing at home of child, ex-girlfriend

Posted January 22, 2011 11:55 a.m. EST

— A Franklin County man upset by a custody dispute fired a shotgun early Friday into a home where his child and ex-girlfriend were, according to Sheriff Pat Green.

Green said that Mario Lamont Simms, 25, was carrying a shotgun when kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend's home on Malcolm Neil Path, north of Louisburg, around 4:30 a.m. She hid in a closet and called 911.

Simms fired shots into the air outside the house and fled into the woods when deputies arrived, Green said. He was arrested a short time later.

Three children, ages 9 and 7 years and 10 months, were in the house at the time. No one was injured.

Green said that Simms is the father of the 10-month-old and wanted custody of the baby.

He and his ex-girlfriend are estranged, but Simms had lived at the home previously, the sheriff said. Deputies have responded to 10 domestic incidents at the home in the past year.

Simms was charged with three counts of felony child abuse and one count each of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, misdemeanor assault and communicating threats.

He was placed in the Franklin County jail under a $19,000 bond.