A man who recently moved to Casper has been charged with child abuse after a family fight early Wednesday morning.

Demetrius Jamason, 28, heard the single count against him during his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Jamason told Circuit Court Judge Steven Brown he moved from Chicago seven months ago that his family left him, and he needs his job at a local fast-food restaurant. "I have no one."

But because he has had previous offenses and no ties to the community, Brown set his bond at $5,000.

Because the charge is a felony, he will have a preliminary hearing within a few weeks to determine whether their cases will be bound over to Natrona County District Court for trial.

The case began about 3 a.m. Wednesday when Casper police responded to an anonymous report about a family fight at an apartment on South Beverly Street, according to the affidavit filed with circuit court.

The person who reported the fight told police that they heard a child scream "'I will kill you,'" and Jamason scream, "'I will hit you bitch.'" Officers saw Jameson run from the apartment saying he didn't need to go to jail and he didn't do anything.

The woman in the apartment previously had been romantically involved with Jamason. The relationship was over, but she let him stay there temporarily because he had nowhere else to go.

They started arguing and Jamason was gathering things to move out. Her son told him not to hit his mother, and that's when the violence escalated.

She was sobbing hysterically and told officers that Jamason had bashed her son's head on a table and had tried to choke him. She also told them Jamason threatened to kill her if she called police, according to the affidavit.