A 26-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after Topeka police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance were punched by the man, who was holding a toddler.
Lt. Manuel Munoz in a news release said officers were called about 9:15 p.m. to the 1000 block of N.E. Wabash.
When they arrived, they found a man holding a toddler in his arms. He was upset and wasn't making sense, Munoz said, and officers were concerned for the child's safety.
They tried to take the man into custody after he refused to follow orders, trying to walk away and refusing to put the toddler down. Munoz said the officers were then punched and battered by the man, who was still holding the child and refusing to put him down.
The officers called for backup to respond in emergency mode, Munoz said.
The man, identified as Nicholas A. Darnell, 26, of Topeka, was taken to a hospital to be checked out. Afterward, Munoz said, Darnell was taken to the Shawnee County Jail and booked in connection with child endangerment, two incidents of battery on a law enforcement officer, two incidents of domestic battery and interference with law enforcement.