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A first appearance hearing is scheduled today in 35th Judicial District Court for an El Dorado man who is accused of striking a woman and causing her to drop her baby on concrete.

Deandre M. Jackson, 23, of the 1600 block of Short East Hillsboro, was injured in the incident, which occurred Sept. 6, when the victim cut him with a razor in self-defense, according to a police report.

The 20-year-old woman and her 11-month-old daughter were evaluated at Medical Center of South Arkansas.

Neither was seriously injured in the incident, police said.

Jackson was treated at MCSA and received 28 staples for severe lacerations to the area near his ribs and to his left arm.

He faces charges of first-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree battery and endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree.

Police responded just before 11 a.m. to a report of a disturbance in which someone had been cut at Hillsboro Townhouse Apartments, 1600 Short E. Hillsboro.

Officers said they made contact with a woman who was holding a baby in the office of the apartment complex, noting that the woman was visibly upset and shaking.

Police learned the woman’s child had fallen from her arms during the incident and the pair were transported by ambulance to MCSA for treatment.

At the time, officers also learned that Jackson had arrived at MCSA with severe lacerations.

Police later interviewed the woman at MCSA and she told them she had received a sexual text message from Jackson’s cellphone number.

She said she replied, asking if Jackson was the person who had sent the text and informing the person she was not interested in “sleeping with him.”

The victim said she and Jackson were standing outside and an argument ensued about the text message, which she had received earlier that morning.

She told police that Jackson lived with his girlfriend at the apartment complex and when his girlfriend arrived, she told the girlfriend about the text, noting that she previously received sexually explicit texts from Jackson.

The woman said that she standing next to the girlfriend’s vehicle when Jackson advanced toward her, called her a profane name and punched her in the face.

She said the blow caused her to drop her baby onto the pavement.

The woman said she then began swinging a razor blade at Jackson, telling officers that another woman had given her the razor blade earlier for protection against Jackson.

Jackson’s girlfriend exited her vehicle and picked up the baby and bystanders attempted to hold Jackson back but Jackson punched the victim again, according to a police report.

The woman said she dropped her phone after she was struck the second time, adding that she was using the phone at the time to contact police.

As people in the crowd continued to intervene and encourage Jackson to seek medical treatment, Jackson issued a terroristic threat against the woman and her baby, the woman said.

Once bystanders removed Jackson from the scene, the woman said she took her baby to the apartment complex’s office and waited for police.

Witnesses — including Jackson’s girlfriend and a friend of the victim who attempted to intervene in the altercation — provided similar accounts of the incident, police said.

Both said they did not see the woman cut Jackson but they noticed him bleeding. His girlfriend said she saw the baby fall to the ground but she did not see Jackson strike the woman.

Jackson told officers that a friend had used his cellphone to text sexually explicit message to the woman.

He said that when she confronted him about the text and began to tell his girlfriend that he had sent it, he advanced toward the woman and called her a profane name.

He told police the woman’s friend stepped between them as the argument escalated and when he stepped backward, he “could feel a breeze through his shirt.”

Jackson said he then noticed he had been cut on his ribs.

He said he pushed the victim in the face to “create space between them,” and while his arm was raised, the woman sliced him on the back of the arm with the razor.

Jackson did not make any statements indicating that he had struck the woman.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 tlyons@eldoradonews.com.

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