Woman's boyfriend allegedly throws toddler across parking lot

Joshua Rhoads, 31, wanted for domestic abuse and child abuse. Mug shot via Voulusia County Sheriff's Dept., from a prior arrest.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Voulusia County, Florida man after he allegedly beat his girlfriend after grabbing her 3-year-old son out of his car-seat and tossing him across a Daytona Beach parking lot. The incident happened May 15. Police reports say that Joshua Rhoads, 31, got angry with his girlfriend when he perceived her to be driving too slow. Rhoads’ girlfriend claims that her boyfriend starting pressing on the gas from the passenger side and when she told him to stop, he became belligerent. The unidentified woman says that’s when she decided to pull over.

After pulling over into a parking lot, Rhoads allegedly tried to grab the woman’s toddler out of his car seat and when he began to cry, he threw the youngster into the air. The baby boy reportedly flew eight feet before landing on the hard cement, on his back. The girlfriend said she went to her son’s aid and that’s when Rhoads started beating and hitting her.

The toddler was not seriously injured.

Rhoads then fled in a 2001 Cadillac with license plates PEL1J. Today Rhoads still remains at large. Police are asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact them at 386-671-5100.