An argument among grandparents at a Parker County youth baseball game resulted in one grandfather hitting another in the head with a baseball bat, leaving him with a concussion and a gaping wound.
The melee on the weekend of May 19 began after a game at the Peaster Little League field. Donna and Bryan Willmott approached their grandson, who had been playing. Donna Willmott's mother was also with them.
Donna Willmott said that the boy's parents are no longer together and that his mother had custody that weekend.
She said that as they approached, they told the boy's mother that they wanted only to hug him.
But the mother became alarmed and screamed, "Don't touch my son!" said Donna Willmott, 53.
"She pushed my 84-year-old mother and made her fall to the ground," she said.
Then, she said, the boy's other grandfather picked up an aluminum bat and pounded Bryan Willmott, 52, three times on the back of his head.
She said that her husband had to get five staples to close the wound and that he suffered a concussion.
"Today's the first day he's driven," she said. "He's still having headaches, but he's doing better."
Bystanders separated the combatants, Donna Willmott said. Someone else called 911, summoning an ambulance and a pair of Parker County sheriff's deputies.
Donna Willmott said she got more upset when the deputies declined to arrest anyone.
"Their reasoning was that my mom and my husband shouldn't have approached her because she was saying, 'Don't touch my child!'" she said.
Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Danie Huffman explained that, because the deputies did not witness the assault and nobody was in danger when they arrived, they could not make an arrest.
"It isn't that the deputies refused to arrest anyone," Huffman said. "The parties were separated so the threat was resolved."
Huffman said the deputies interviewed several witnesses, but she declined to elaborate or to identify the mother and other grandfather.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said that the case has been investigated and that the results have been forwarded to the Parker County district attorney's office.
"We'll let them sort it out," he said.
Peaster is an unincorporated town northwest of Weatherford.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620