Davenport will pursue charges in Ohio dispute

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Steelers running back Najeh Davenport said yesterday he was going to press charges against the woman who is the mother of his 5-year-old son, stemming from a domestic dispute Thursday.

The Cleveland police domestic violence unit is investigating the case but no charges have been filed. Davenport, in response to questioning after the Steelers game yesterday, said he intended to press charges against Anita Person, 27.

"I have a court order to pick up my son," Davenport said. He added that the woman didn't pack any clothes for the boy and that an argument ensued over that.

"As I'm driving off, she ran and jumped in the car, holding onto my 2-year-old son in the car seat driving down the street," he said. "She was trying to get my oldest son out of the car. To get me to stop the car, she put her knee to my 2-year-old son's chest. He started crying, that's when I stopped, got out of the car and went around the corner.

"I ran around the car and she pulled my other son out. When I got my son and started grabbing him, she took off running screaming."

Davenport then said he returned to Person's home and called the police twice. He said after waiting approximately 20 minutes, he drove back to the spot where Person was and an incident occurred.

Davenport didn't elaborate.

"That's when it all happened," he said. "Everything else is in the police report."

Under Ohio law, police must arrest "the primary physical aggressor" in domestics, but in this case they didn't know who that was and couldn't charge anyone.

Detectives will interview everyone involved and present their findings to the Cleveland city prosecutor for review, police said.



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