Day Care Owner Reportedly Hit In The Face With A Shovel After Trying To Stop Drunk Father From Taking His Children

| by Brendan Kelly
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A day care owner in Montana was hit in the face with a shovel after refusing to let three children go home with their father, who was drunk and does not have legal custody, reports Fox 8.

A GoFundMe page created for the day care owner identifies her as Martha McClure, from Ronan, Montana.

Police say Francis Joseph Jackson, 31, showed up at McClure’s day care center with an unidentified woman on Oct. 7.

McClure knew that Jackson’s parental rights were suspended and that he was not allowed to have contact with the children. She reportedly told authorities she smelled alcohol on his breath.

The day care owner tried to escort Jackson from the building when he hit her. He began throwing toys, including a tricycle, at the window to try to get back inside the building, according to The Associated Press.

McClure was fighting Jackson outside of the day care when Jackson’s girlfriend hit her in the face with a shovel before both suspects fled.

According to the GoFundMe page, McClure had eye surgery on Oct. 12 and has “a long road of healing ahead of her.”

Jackson was taken into custody on Oct. 12 in Washington. He faces aggravated burglary charges and is being held on $100,000 bond. His girlfriend, who is also accused of assaulting McClure, is still at large.

Sources: My Fox 8, AP via Newsday, GoFundMe / Photo credit: GoFundMe