Local man charged with second degree assault and endangering welfare of a child

LACONIA – An Edwards Street man is being held on $1,000 cash bail after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend while he was holding their 2-year-old daughter.

Carroll Thompson, 43, is charged with one count of second-degree assault, one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, one count of simple assault, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said they were called to 71 Edwards St. at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday and learned that Thompson had gone to 71 Edwards St. looking for the homeowner.

When he was told the homeowner wasn't there, he allegedly became enraged and grabbed the victim by her hair and picked up the little girl. The victim told police that Thompson also picked up a 4-foot wooden railing post and dragged the victim, while carrying the post and the child.

She told police that he threatened to strike her with the post. Affidavits said that the victim told them that he dragged her by her neck, left the post in the neighbor's truck, and then dragged her back to her house.

She said as he was allegedly dragging her, she had difficulty breathing because he was covering her mouth and nose.

Affidavits said a witness saw Thompson drag the woman by her hair while he was carrying the child. Police found the child who had an abrasion to her forehead, a soiled diaper, and no shoes on her feet.

Police said that at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday a different officer was called to a home on Summer Street after police received a complaint about a stolen cell phone. The caller said Thompson was at her home the evening before and was doing some electrical work at the request of her landlord.

She said around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday he "abruptly left with her cell phone."

According to affidavits, the woman said she contacted her landlord who told her he would get her phone back and that Thompson was having issues with his girlfriend.

Police said they later got an anonymous phone call telling them Thompson was at 8 Hill St. When police arrived, affidavits said Thompson was in the back yard and ran toward Clinton Street when he saw them.

Police caught him and recovered the Spring Street woman's cell phone.

The city prosecutor said yesterday during Carroll's video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, that he had an extensive criminal record that dated back to 1993, including bail jumping, resisting arrest, filing a false report to police and driving after revocation.

He asked for $5,000 to $10,000 cash bail because Thompson "introduced a fragile child into this mix."

The public defender argued that Thompson has a full-time job and has nearly all of his family in the area, including his mother, his son, a brother, and a niece. His mother and niece were in court yesterday.

She said his mother had a rental property in Gilford where Thompson can stay and that there was no allegations of threats against the child.

The prosecutor countered that Thompson showed a lack of judgment and a lack of control and pressed for high cash bail.

Judge Jim Carroll set bail at $1,000 cash and ordered that Thompson have no unsupervised contact with children under 12. He also placed a criminal order of protection in place for the victim and ordered that, with the exception of his employer, he can have no contact with any of the people involved.