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Police: 5-year-old calls 911 on dad accused of beating boy's mom

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Terry Stephens (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Terry Stephens (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg police said they discovered that a 5-year-old called 911 on Sunday when he saw his father beating his mom.

According to the police report, officers were called to a criminal domestic violence case and arrived to find the victim down the road hysterical and crying.

She told officers that she had stopped at the home of her kids' father, 46-year-old Terry Stephens, to pick up her children. They began arguing about taking the children and Stephens approached her, but she told him not to get so close, and then he got closer and smacked her in the face, according to the report.

Stephens grabbed the woman's phone then threw her on the ground, police said. The report said he punched her in the head, smacked her, held her down and grabbed her by the neck.

The kids, ages 5 and 6, were screaming for Stephens to get off their mom and when he turned toward them, she was able to get up and run to her van, according to police.

Police said Stephens threatened to smash the woman's windshield with a brick. According to the report, Stephens' mother came outside to see what was going on and fell at some point, and when he went to help her, the woman was able to run away for help.

According to police, the woman had some injuries to her face but she denied medical help.

When officers asked the kids who called for help, police said the 5-year-old told them he called 911 and told them to "come get his daddy." The 6-year-old girl told police she was holding her mom's phone when her dad grabbed it, police said.

Stephens was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence third offense, petit larceny for taking away the phone and two counts of cruelty to children, according to police.

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