The charges against a man accused of smashing the heads of his children with a brick have been increased from assault to second-degree attempted murder.
John George’s rap sheet already includes a pair of second-degree murder convictions, two of the 10 charges for which the Miami man served 20 years and 19 days in jail of prison time. He was released Jan. 1, 2015, with five years’ probation remaining on his sentences.
Since his May 17 arrest on the two assault charges and two aggravated child abuse with bodily harm charges, he has been held without bond at the Metro West Detention Center.
Between those last two incarceration transitions, George married a woman with two stepchildren. The marriage was 30 days old when she phoned their Miami home to hear George yelling at the children and threatening physical harm.
According to the arrest affidavit, she came home to find George gone and both children bleeding from the head. Her older child told her George hit both of them in the face with a brick several times.
George’s wife, whose name he has tattooed on his neck, filed for a divorce on May 25. It was granted July 21.