A Davenport man has been arrested after police say he used his 11-month-old child as a shield to prevent being apprehended by officers during a domestic disturbance early Wednesday.

Michael LaShawn Robinson, 33, is charged with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Davenport Police Capt. Dale Sievert said the child wasn't harmed during the incident at 1:03 a.m. in the 900 block of Pershing Avenue.

An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Robinson also is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and assault while participating in a felony, which carries a five-year prison sentence.

The felony charges are related to the early-Wednesday incident. Robinson kicked in the back door to a woman's apartment and threatened to assault her, according to his arrest affidavit.

Robinson and the woman have an 11-month-old child together, and he threatened to harm the woman in front of the child, the affidavit states.

He also forced his way into another nearby apartment, where he threatened to assault a second victim, his affidavit states. He is accused of punching the second victim several times.

The 11-month-old was inside the second apartment during the disturbance, and Robinson grabbed the child from another person, his affidavit states.

Police had to take the child from Robinson as he appeared to be using the child as a shield to prevent apprehension, his affidavit states.

Police say they found a 3 1/2-inch bladed, retractable knife in Robinson's pants pocket.

He was in the Scott County Jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond. His address wasn't available.

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Police say they found a 3 1/2-inch bladed, retractable knife in Robinson's pants pocket... I'm sure that's all they found cuz he sure doesn't have any brass bal*s in there, if he has to use a toddler as a human shield. 1of3 has it right - he's not a man. He's a disgrace.


The headline here is all wrong. This is not a man!


what a coward


I bet he's another one of those guys who has never worried about getting up and going to work in the morning. I suggest a prison island in the Pacific. Warm climate, far from shore, take all the worthless dregs and put them there. Let them fend for themselves.


What a tough guy. Put a knot on his head and throw the book at him.

Arc Angel

What is wrong with people in this town?

John Rambo

There is no punnishment fitting enough for a sleaze that would use an eleven month old baby like that. But, I'm sure he will just go through the revolving door of "justice"...


There is only one word for someone like this, "scum".

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