Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Daryl Washington Arrested, Accused of Choking Child's Mother
Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested on two felony charges for allegedly choking and breaking the collarbone of his baby's mother.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, an argument started between the two when Washington, 26, took off with the baby after visiting the woman's Phoenix apartment on May 1.
Washington was playing with the baby on the landing outside the apartment, but at one point, the mother, Ciera MacDonald, looked outside and didn't see Washington or the baby.
Washington didn't answer his cellphone when she called, but Washington came back a few minutes later and told MacDonald that he'd just gone to Dairy Queen, according to the documents.
The two apparently got into an argument, and as MacDonald tried to take back the baby, Washington "pushed Ciera away and would not allow Ciera to get close to him," according to the documents.
"At one point Daryl extended his hand and grabbed Ciera by the neck pushing her over the landing railing while choking her," a probable-cause statement says. "Ciera said she was unable to breathe and felt as if she was going to fall over the railing."
MacDonald didn't fall over the railing, but a nurse at a family-advocacy center found injuries on her neck "consistent with her version of events," according to the documents.
Washington eventually let go of his grip, and MacDonald took back the baby. MacDonald tried to close the apartment door behind her, but Washington pushed his way in, and followed MacDonald to her bedroom, the documents say.
At that point, Washington took MacDonald's cellphone and walked out, heading for his car. MacDonald chased him, throwing a "hand woven basket" with a plastic plant at Washington, which actually hit his car instead.
Washington tried to push and pull MacDonald out of the car, as she tried to get her phone, until she tried to run around the vehicle to get in another door. According to the documents, that's when Washington shoved her from behind, causing her to fall, and breaking her collarbone, and causing several cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
The documents indicate that Washington was involved in prior domestic-violence incidents with MacDonald, both reported to police and unreported.
Washington was jailed on two felony aggravated assault charges.
His bond was set at $4,200.
Check out Washington's court paperwork, including a police statement, below:
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