On Saturday, police say a passing motorist observed 26-year-old George Frank Stokes walking down the street while carrying a small child. The motorist noticed the 20-month-old did not have a blanket and was only wearing thin pajamas in 43 degree weather.
The motorist then turned around to check on their welfare where Stokes reportedly flagged her down, claiming he needed help after two black males, armed with handguns, broke into the house where he was babysitting and started firing shots.
CS Police arrived on scene and say a strong alcoholic beverage could be smelled from his breath and he appeared very unsteady on his feet, visibly swaying from front to rear and side to side.
The two were transported back to the home located at 3700 block of Meadow View for further investigation.
When asked what had happened Stokes said he had been giving the 20-month-old a bath when he heard someone breaking into the door which separates the garage from the house. He said that he observed a black male, approximately 6' 0", 160 pounds; wearing black jeans, a red and black shirt, and a stocking cap enter the house through the garage door and proceed to go into the master bedroom. He stated that the suspect was carrying two handguns at the time. Stokes said he then grabbed a handgun from the nightstand in the master bedroom. He claims the suspect fired a shot into the room which prompted Stokes to fire a shot in that same room, striking a bed post.
Stokes story then changed where he claimed he was in the living room at the time of the break-in when he heard the suspects entering the home through a window of the bathroom near the back of the house and started towards the living room. He then said that before he heard the noise, he had taken his friend's gun and shot it because someone had run across the bed. Stokes then stated that the person fled the residence, running past him in the process: He said that he had taken the child back into the living room, and then returned to the master bedroom where he fired one shot, striking the bedpost. Stokes said that he then hid the gun, placed a piece of tape over the bullet hole in the bedpost, because he had gotten scared.
That's when Stokes claims he grabbed the baby and ran from the residence; he walked 2.7 miles before the passing motorist stopped.
The investigation revealed there was no sign of forced entry into the house. Police say the evidence on scene, including the story changing several times, led police to believe Stokes had negligently discharged the weapon into the bedpost. Because of his negligent actions, his apparent intoxication, and his obvious inability to make responsible decisions while caring for a child under 15 years of age, Stokes was placed under arrest for Endangering a Child.
During the arrest police say Stokes became extremely aggressive and resisted arrest. Due to his aggressive behavior, he was placed in a holding cell alone at the CSPD jail during the booking process. The report says a Taser was used to gain his compliance; he had to be placed in a gurney with his legs cuffed in an effort to transport him to the College Station Medical Center for further testing.
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