An argument among grandparents at a youth baseball game resulted in one grandfather hitting another grandfather on the head with a baseball bat, leaving him with a concussion and gaping wound.
The melee began as a baseball game ended at the Peaster Little League field and as Donna Willmott and her husband, Bryan Willmott, approached their grandson, who had been playing in the game. Donna Willmott's mother was also with them.
Donna Willmott said the boy's parents are no longer together and that his mother had custody on that weekend of May 19.
Donna Willmott said as they approached the dugout, they told the boy's mother they only wanted to hug him.
However, the mother became alarmed as the trio got closer 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," Donna Willmott said.
The situation worsened, according to Donna Willmott, when the boy's other grandfather picked up an aluminum bat and pounded Bryan Willmott on the back of his head, hitting him three times.
She said 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 of her 52-year-old husband. "He's still having headaches, but he's doing better."
Several relatives and others at the game pulled the combatants away from one another, Donna Willmott said.. Someone else called 911, summoning an ambulance and a pair of Parker County Sheriff's deputies.
Donna Willmott said she became further 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!'" Willmott said.
Sheriff's 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 reveal details of the investigation. She also declined to identify the mother and other grandfather involved.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said the case has since been fully investigated and the results were forwarded to the Parker County District Attorney's office.
"We'll let them sort it out," he said.
Peaster is a small town northwest of Weatherford on Farm Road 920.
Terry Evans, (817) 390-7620