Lathrop Mayor Addresses Husband's Domestic Violence Charges
Flanked by members of her church, Lathrop mayor Kristy Sayles explained to gathered reporters the events that lead to her husband being thrown into San Joaquin County jail on child abuse charges.

"One can choose who to be accountable to and unfortunately my husband chose not to be accountable to our family," Sayles said.

Sayles says on Monday night while she was delivering a proclamation to the Women's Center of San Joaquin County declaring this week Domestic Violence Awareness Week, her estranged husband, Thomas Sayles got into an argument with her 8-year-old son Austin and hit him. Sayles alleges the attack left Austin with a black-and-blue eye and drew blood. The mayor says when she got home Austin was already in bed and she wasn't aware of the altercation until the next morning when the boy came downstairs for breakfast. "I took photographs of the bruising, sent my children to school and Tom went to work on his business for the day and proceeded in notifying the authorities," Sayles said.

Tuesday afternoon, Thomas Sayles, a general contractor was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County jail on $50,000 bail.

In addition to her role as mayor of Lathrop, Sayles also runs a child care facility out of her home and says she's personally reported the incident to the State of California and that the children under her care weren't exposed to anything.

Director of the Women's Center of San Joaquin County, Joelle Gomez, says this incident proves how pervasive domestic violence is, "The reality is when there is domestic violence in the home over 50 percent of the time, the children are also affected or abused."

Just weeks away from the election day, Sayles is locked in a three-way race for mayor. She told FOX40 she's not worried about how her family's dirty laundry could possibly change votes.

"As far as I'm concerned, God is in control and has been in control from day one. If he sees fit that I need to run the City of Lathrop for another 2 years, that's what will happen," Sayles said.