published Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Hamilton County jailer arrested on assault charge

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A Hamilton County jailer was arrested along with her two daughters Thursday after being accused of beating up her grandson’s mother.

Cpl. Arnetta Jones-Eady, 51, went to the woman’s residence with her two daughters, Lanetta Hudson, 30, and LeAnn Jones, 27, to confront her, according to a Chattanooga police arrest report.

Jones-Eady posted a $1,000 bond on an aggravated assault charge. Her next court date is slated for Aug. 9 before General Sessions Judge David Bales.

Hudson and Jones were each charged with a single count of assault. Each posted a $500 bond and both face an Aug. 9 court date.

Jones-Eady declined to comment when contacted. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond also declined to comment.

“The sheriff regrets instances such as these happen, but Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to performing a thorough internal affairs investigation,” spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said.

The fracas happened after the 21-year-old mother went to get Jones-Eady’s grandson from day care but discovered that Jones-Eady’s son already had picked up the child, the report said. The child’s mother, who has custody, called police to report the father.

After Jones-Eady and her daughters heard the incident had been reported to authorities, they went to the woman’s Poplar Street apartment and waited for her, the report said.

Jones-Eady, who was still wearing her sheriff’s office uniform and gun belt, pushed the woman, knocking her down, the report said. Then Jones-Eady held her down while Hudson and Jones punched her, the report said.

The woman was able to get up and make it to her apartment door, but Jones-Eady caught her against the door and Hudson and Jones continued punching her, according to the report.

Jones-Eady and her daughters left after hearing sirens, the report said. She returned to work at the jail, but went back to the mother’s apartment after police contacted her, according to a statement from Chattanooga police.

Jones-Eady is the third Hamilton County corrections deputy to be arrested on charges this year.

Cpl. Jerry Melbert, charged with sexual battery and assault, is on paid leave until an Aug. 17 court hearing. He is accused of placing his finger in the cleavage of a woman on the dance floor at The Palms, 6925 Shallowford Road, a couple of weeks ago.

Deputy Lori Pickett was charged in February with domestic assault after she reportedly struck her husband, Hamilton County Courts Officer Jim Pickett, several times outside Juvenile Court. The incident occurred after Pickett heard that her husband allegedly was having an affair. She was placed on desk duty pending an Oct. 4 court date. Her case will be dismissed upon good behavior, according to court records.

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SICKofBS said...

This is a blantant abuse of power and this woman should have been fired on the spot.

August 6, 2011 at 7:08 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

If Eady-Jones is capable of doing this to the mother of her grandchild, one can only imagine what she's committed against helpless inmates under her charge.

August 6, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
starbell said...

People are so negative, why would you want a person to be fired? Why? Have you ever made a mistake in your life time before, so what she works for the jail, perhaps maybe it would not be as bad if she didnt work for the jail. We are not perfect! I know mrs. Jones-Eady and her kids, and trust they are good people, so who aea you to judge anybody! Check your own self, because you can't judge anyone or any body, only GoD can!!!!! Cheer up! Worry about yourself and not others.

August 6, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
LibDem said...

"Good people" don't beat up fellow humans. Even Dog knows that.

August 6, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

Why? Have you ever made a mistake in your life time before, so what she works for the jail, perhaps maybe it would not be as bad if she didnt work for the jail.

starbell, a mistake is when the waiter or waitress accidently spills spaghetti on your lap at a restuarant. Going to someone's house, and taking your daughters with you, to beat them up is not a mistake. That's usually referred to as premeditation in a court of law. A purposely and planned occurance. Yes, as someone in such a position of authority she should be held to a higher standard. If this had happened in the private sector and someone committed such an act while in company uniform and on company time, they would have been fired immediately. At least she's on leave with pay. At least for now, that is. You can't fix such blatant ignorance and dangerous stupid. The only thing you can do is either cage it or get rid of it. By that I mean, termination is in order. Hint: she wearing her Hamilton County jailer's uniform. She went back to work after the beating. She went back to the woman's house again after she learnd the woman had reported the beating. Such arrogance! Seems like she didn't mind using her position as a jailer as an act of intimindation.

August 6, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
kcgirl4982 said...

First of all this is the reporter's depiction of what happened which most likely came from heresay and who knows where else. There are 3 sides to every story... side A, side B and the truth. Matthew 7:1 says "Judge not lest ye be judged". How many times has someone said you did something and their version of the story was not entirely the truth? Though some facts may have been correct, it was their perception, their tone, their word choice to describe what happened that can make that situation seem harmless or a complete mess. My suggesion is that everyone table the knee jerk comments until all the facts come out. KC

August 11, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
swms777 said...

Yes we shouldnt judge but there are TOO MANY in jail right now with WAY higher bonds than she recieved for doing just about the same thing. If someone can get in trouble for hitting a poice officer then why doesnt she(a police officer) get special treatment for hitting someone(not a police officer) while IN UNIFORM ON COMPANY TIME!!??! She should get as much time as someone who struck an officer!! She isnt above the law!! And obviously isnt fit to represent the County as an officer!!

October 24, 2011 at 8:18 p.m.
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