Belleview man jailed after nasty family spat

Elijah Cantrell

A 19-year-old Belleview man was arrested Tuesday night after he admitted to punching a man multiple times during a family squabble.

The witness who reported the incident told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that the argument between Elijah Cantrell and the victim started in the living room, carried out to the back porch, and then back into the home. She said the Cantrell and the victim were in each other’s faces, but the altercation was not physical up to that point, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The witness said the victim was cleaning up glass in the kitchen area when Cantrell entered through the back door and started hitting him. The victim said Cantrell hit him all over the left side of his face and body. The deputy observed redness on the left side of the victim’s face and yellow bruising under his left eye, the report said.

The deputy found Cantrell hiding in a dirt field about 75 yards behind the residence. He said he and the victim were in an argument when he lost it and started swinging at the victim, according to the report.

Cantrell was charged with simple domestic battery and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Thursday on $1,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 16.