LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police arrested a man accused of torturing his 8-year-old son and the boy's mother.

Terry Dickerson, 49, was arrested Tuesday morning by Shively Police. He was transported back to the Jeffersonville Police Department.

Investigators say it happened at their house on Luther Circle in Jeffersonville.

Neighbors say they heard commotion coming from inside the home early Saturday morning. 

"I was like, what is going on," said a woman who lives next door and only wanted to be identified as Jeanine. "I heard a lot of yelling, a man yelling..." 

Police say Dickerson was attacking his family. 

They say the abuse lasted for hours, starting when he came home late Friday night. 

"This crime is disturbing," said Jeffersonville Police Chief Kenny Kavanaugh at a press conference Monday. 

Investigators say Dickerson is addicted to crack cocaine and when he couldn't find his drugs he accused his 8-year-old son and the boy's mother of getting rid of the drugs or hiding them. 

Police are calling what happened next "systematic torture." 

Court documents say Dickerson hit the child with a wrench on his feet, choked him to the point of unconsciousness multiple times and also hit him with a board. 

"He was torturing the child to get the mother to talk," said Jeffersonville Police Lt. Todd Hollis. 

Police say the woman was also hit with a wrench and strangled but she was able to get out of the house with the 8-year-old boy and two other kids after Dickerson fell asleep. 

Police say mom and son were badly injured and are now recovering in a safe location. 

Dickerson is facing several felony charges.

"The willingness to use this level of violence and torture against family members suggests serious violence that could have turned worse," Hollis explained. 

Jeanine says she never thought the noise she heard next door could have had to do with what police are describing. 

"Never in million years would I have thought that's what was going on over there," she explained. 

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