A 31-year-old woman has been indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violating a family violence order all in relation to allegations that she, in part, instructed her children to strike her husband in the face with a brick.
According to warrants filed in Morgan County Superior Court, Saddaria Jalisa Bell, of Madison, was arrested on May 1 on the charges by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Court records show that Bell was released from the Morgan County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond on Sept. 8, court documents state.
An arrest warrant alleges that Bell, at approximately 4 p.m. on April 25 at her family’s Godfrey Road residence, “used a large wooden shovel handle offensively against her current spouse, striking him in the head multiple times causing superficial injuries to the back of his head while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of his family vehicle.” The warrant also alleges that the attack was recorded on video.
Warrants also state that another video, on the same day and same time, shows Bell directing “two of her minor children to commit a forcible felony, instructing them to pick up a brick and hit her current spouse in the face with the brick.”
The warrant further alleges that Bell “was recorded on video giving the instructions to the minor children, which is a delinquent act which would constitute a felony which encompasses force or violence as an element of the offense if it were committed by an adult.”
A third warrant alleges that on May 1, 2021, Bell violated, “in a non-violent way” a Family Violence Temporary Restraining Order by having contact with her husband and five juvenile children. The warrant alleges that a Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) employee had contacted the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office for an escort to the Godfrey Road residence based on a report that Bell was with her husband and had removed the five children from assigned caretakers following the shovel handle/brick incident.
“While at the residence,” a warrant alleges, “(Bell’s) vehicle arrived with the defendant, her husband, and five children in the vehicle.”
Bell is being represented by Morgan County Public Defender Darel C. Mitchell.