A Vilonia man is behind bars after reportedly attacking his wife and children Sunday night.
Lawrence Allen Ladd Jr., 35, faces four counts of aggravated assault on a family or household member and one count of third-degree domestic battery after he allegedly attacked his wife and pointed a gun at one of his children.
Authorities responded to the man's home along Highway 36 shortly before 10:30 p.m. after a 7-year-old girl called 911 "stating that her parents were fighting, she could hear her mom ... yelling for help and her dad Mr. Lawrence Ladd ... [was] cussing her mom," according to a probable cause affidavit.
As the girl spoke with dispatchers asking for help, Ladd's two other children grabbed the phone and said they were "hiding in the bedroom with the door locked" and that they heard gunshots fired off inside the home, noting their father had been drinking "all day."
The man's wife told authorities the two had been arguing when Ladd reportedly threaten to kill himself over an affair she had, adding "she had come home from work and he had put the gun in his mouth" and that things continued to escalate from there. At that point, authorities say the woman refused to give any other information regarding the incident, because "she did not want her husband to get in trouble."
Ladd's children said he forced them to go to their room when their mother got home from work and that they could hear their mother calling out for help from the other room.
"All of the juveniles stated their dad made them go in their room when their mom got home," the affidavit reads in part. "The juveniles stated they could hear their mom screaming for help and see dad on top of mom hitting her. [One of the children] stated that his dad pointed the gun at him after [he] told his mom to run."
When questioned by police after being detained, the suspect said he did not remember pointing a gun at his child nor did he remember attacking his wife and that he "must have blacked out," according to a report.
"I have no clue what's going on, the last thing I remember is my wife coming home from work, then y'all putting me in the back of a cop car," he reportedly told a Faulkner County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Felony charges were formally filed against Ladd on Monday and no contact orders were issued between Ladd and his family members during a first appearance hearing Monday afternoon.
Online records show Ladd is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. July 16 in Faulkner County Circuit Court regarding the aforementioned charges.