A man who sent chilling photos and threatening texts regarding killing small children is behind bars after Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a child custody dispute Tuesday.
Deputies arrived at a Lawrence Church Road address Tuesday around 6:25 p.m. after receiving a report that a man fired a shot at a woman during a custody dispute. They spoke with Dominique Tramaine Rawls, 19, of Lawrence Church Road, who admitted firing a shot into the air near the woman, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
Deputies also recovered a handgun from the woods, where Rawls had hidden it. The female involved in the altercation was not at the scene.
Deputies arrested Rawls on charges of discharging a firearm near a roadway, tampering with evidence, reckless conduct and obstruction and took him to the Bulloch County Jail, he said. However, there was more to the story. The most chilling details of the custody dispute resulted in additional charges.
The woman involved in the dispute went to the sheriff’s office to speak with deputies after Rawls’ initial arrest. She said before the dispute Tuesday evening, Rawls sent photos to her cell phone of “three children under the age of four, two of whom were children of either Rawls or the female, laying down with their heads covered with a pillow,” he said.
On top of each pillow, above each child’s head, was a single bullet.
“The text caption (on the photo) expressed a desire by Rawls to kill the children depicted in the photo,” Anderson said.
“Based on the express threat indicated by the execution-style picture and threatening text content, deputies additionally charged Rawls with four counts of terroristic threats.”
Rawls remains in the Bulloch County Jail without bond until a hearing before a judge, he said.
Neither the children nor the female victim were injured, he said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.