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Man charged with South End parking-rage bat attack that showered 1-year-old in a car seat with glass, DA says

A Malden man faces charges that after he backed into a car on Camden Street in the South End he tried to finish an argument with the car's driver by getting out a baseball bat and smashing in the car's windshields, even as the driver yelled his young daughter was in the back seat, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports - adding the guy is also charged with selling cigarettes without a license.

Clifford Jones, 66, was arraigned earlier this month for an alleged attack outside 150 Camden St. in the South End, around 6:50 a.m. on July 18, the DA's office says.

The victim said Jones backed into his car and a verbal argument ensued when they both got out to check the damage. The victim said Jones then got a baseball bat and began smashing the front and back windshields of the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s one-year-old daughter was in the back seat and glass came raining down on her, causing cuts and lacerations. The child was evaluated on scene by Boston EMS and transported to Boston Medical Center for lacerations and glass contamination.

A witness on scene corroborated the victim’s statement and told officers he observed Jones retrieving a bat from a third party and smash the windows of the victim’s vehicle. Officers observed damage to both the front and rear windshields.

According to the DA's office, police found both parties in the area of Mass. Ave. and Tremont Street - after Jones fled, the victim drove after him.

Jones admitted to police that he bumped the victim’s vehicle and after he got out to check for damage, the victim began screaming that his child was in the car. Jones told police he fled the area because he feared for his safety and that the victim chased him for several blocks before police arrived.

Another witness told officers both vehicles were seen operating at a high speed, running through red lights, and driving the wrong way on one-way streets chasing each other.

An aluminum bat was located on scene. Hundreds of packs of cigarettes affixed with New Hampshire tax stamps, along with various nicotine and THC oil cartridges and packages of marijuana were recovered from Jones’s vehicle.

The DA's office didn't say if the victim's child remained in the back seat during the pursuit.

Jones was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (baseball bat) on a child under 14, malicious destruction of property, possession of a class D substance, selling unstamped cigarettes and selling cigarettes without a license, the DA's office says.

He was ordered held in lieu of $7,500 at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, the DA's office reports, adding he is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference on Tuesday.

Innocent, etc.

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If not for his Malden residency, a perfect candidate for Boston city council.

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suburbanite drivers giving Boston a bad name… yet again

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Isn't selling cigarettes without a license a capital offense? j/k.
When you let your road rage get in the way of your criminal enterprise I think that's a sign you are in the wrong business.

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Lorillard or whomever can toss a frew bucks to get the tobacco charges reduced or removed.
An entrepreneurial businessman, frightened by a raging oversensitive helicopter parent.

I can understand how his fear turned into rage and it appears he assaulted the threat, NOT the girl.
Was the girl wearing the car as an outfit? Those charges seem odd.


So.. in short, I hope the girl gets some trauma counseling and recovers and the car repairs are covered by the attacker's insurance. Participating in a car chase (with the daughter in the back?) seems like a piss-poor way to repsond to property damage, but I am not a parent, so I don't know how I'd repsond to a physical threat to my daughter. Perhaps not wisely.

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is one insane hot take: trying to justify someone smashing up a car with a baseball bat, child in it or no, hot pursuit afterward or no. Are you trying to be ironic?

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Did you miss the part about the child being a baby? What kind of trauma counseling does one perform for a one-year-old?

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