OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - A Baker, Florida man became the victim in a custody argument that escalated to a violent confrontation where deputies said his prosthetic leg was used against him.
Brandon Fleming said this story began with a fight involving his son's mother, Jadian Hatfield.
The fight wasn't face to face, but through text messages.
"She sent me a text message that said I'm going to be six-feet under just like my momma," said Brandon Fleming.
Fleming's mother was killed by another son, Brandon's older brother.
Brandon said he called deputies and showed them the text.
"About three hours later, she's beating on the door," said Fleming.
Fleming said Hatfield came for their son.
"I hear him scream. I hear my son scream. And when I run back through, ain't nothing but the curtain hanging through the window, so she reached up through the window and pulled him out," said Fleming.
Fleming jumped through the window and went after his son.
He was met by two guys, whom, he said came with Hatfield.
"They jump on me, and then she runs up behind me and pulls my prosthetic off and starts hitting me in the legs with it," said Fleming.
Fleming lost his foot in an accident when he was 7 years old, he's worn the prosthetic since then -- and he said it hasn't slowed him down, yet.
"Well I finally got out and got away from them and got it back from her, and I started chasing the guys," said Fleming.
Fleming said the men were armed; one had a PVC pipe, the other had a wooden shaft.
"Well, next thing you know, she tells them to move out of the way. She's got a 12-gauge pointing at my belly," said Fleming.
Fleming threw his hands up, and they left with his 2-year-old son.
"I ain't scared of nothing you know, but ... there's no telling what they would've done ... I was scared," said Fleming.
Hatfield is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, kidnapping, interfering with custody and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
She's being held without bond.
Fleming was granted full custody of his son until this case is resolved in court.
Fleming said despite what happened he doesn't want to see his ex go to prison.
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