According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office:
Davida Kaye Caylor, of 184 Rolling Hills Drive in Ringgold, was arrested about 6 p.m. Thursday on two counts of tampering with evidence, false statements within jurisdiction of the state, and obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers.
The arrest comes three weeks after Caylor accused Heritage High School assistant principal and head baseball coach Eric Beagles of slamming her son, Aaron Black’s, hand on a desk and causing a severe bruise.
“Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation and obtained numerous interviews and pieces of evidence, including evidence provided by Ms. Caylor,” said sheriff Gary Sisk in a statement Friday afternoon. “The evidence was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Medical Examiner’s Office.”
Beagles was not placed on any type of leave during the investigation.
“The student was unhappy with the punishment for his behavior,” Marissa Brower, communications specialist for Catoosa County Public Schools, said last week. “He stood, reached across the assistant principal’s desk, and grabbed the telephone receiver. When the assistant principal attempted to hang up the phone, the student reported that he was injured.”
Following the incident, the student and Beagles gave different accounts. Black alleged Beagles grabbed his hand and slammed it on the desk. Beagles said Black’s hand was under the telephone receiver when he went to hang it up.
“Based on the findings of the investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the opinion of the Medical Examiner’s Office, the case was determined to be unfounded,” Sisk said.
After reviewing the GBI’s case, assistant District Attorney Alan Norton agreed with the findings and advised that criminal charges should be brought against Caylor.
While attempting to serve Caylor with the warrants Thursday evening, Sisk said she refused to cooperate with deputies, which lead to additional charges and her subsequent arrest.
Caylor is being held at the Catoosa County jail with a bond set at $5,000 for the obstruction charge, but is still awaiting a first appearance hearing before a magistrate on the other three charges.