By GARY POPP
Former Jeffersonville High School basketball star Darryl L. Baker Jr. was arrested Sunday for assaulting a juvenile female relative, according to a police report.
Baker, 19, Jeffersonville — who holds the JHS basketball single season scoring record — was arrested about 6 p.m. Sunday after Jeffersonville Police Department officers responded to Riverside Elementary School for a juvenile who had been involved in an assault.
When police arrived to the school, the 15-year-old girl was found with a swollen lip and blood on her shirt. The child told police she received the injuries from Baker striking her in the face.
One of the officers then went to Baker’s home where the alleged assault occurred and spoke with him. Baker told police the girl had been disrespectful to her grandmother, and “he was no longer going to stand for it.”
He told police he had left the shower to confront the girl, and she began approaching him in an aggressive manner.
Baker said he used an open-hand strike to push her away.
He said the child struck him several times, but he did not show any signs of being assaulted, police reported.
Baker has been preliminarily charged with class A misdemeanor battery. He was released from the Michael L Becher Correctional Complex on his own recognizance.
The time of Baker’s upcoming court hearing had not been posted at Clark County courts’ online records as of press time.
Police at the school suspected the girl was under the influence of alcohol and administered a portable breath test, for which she returned a .095 blood-alcohol concentration.
After the girl’s mother and grandmother arrived to the school, police began to place the child in custody for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, which led to a physical altercation with the girl.
The girl used “extreme force” while resisting arrest and began screaming that she not be taken to jail, according to the police report.
Police forced the child to the ground, where she continued to physically resist two arresting officers.
“ ... she began to bang her head onto the concrete, screaming she did not want to live anymore,” according to the police report.
She was taken from the school property to Clark Memorial Hospital because of her intoxication and for a psychiatric evaluation.
The child’s grandmother told police, she saw Baker “pop [the child] in the mouth” earlier in the family’s home, according to the police report.
The grandmother also said that Baker was just standing up for her, and didn’t feel it was right he should be in trouble.
Last season, Baker averaged 23.4 points per game as a senior and earned a spot on The Associated Press All-State second team. He was the News and Tribune’s player of the year.
Baker committed to Lamar University in Texas in the spring, but three months later changed his mind and announced he would attend a Texas junior college.
On Monday, his mother said he now plans to attend Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., starting in January.