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Birthday celebration turns violent

What started as a happy celebration of a young boy’s birthday degenerated into a sequence of calls to police, an alleged assault and the injury of an infant child. On the evening of Nov. 25, police were called to a verbal altercation at the Best Western motel, but left when it appeared the conflict was under control. At about 9 p.m., however, they were called back by a guest in an adjoining room who was concerned at the level of yelling and screaming and the sound of a baby crying.

When police arrived a woman answered the door, breathing heavily and with bleeding hands. She told police her boyfriend of five years, and the father of her children, had been screaming obscenities at her, that he pushed her to the floor, shoved his hand in her pants, where upon she bit his fingers.

During part of the struggle, the couple’s infant son ended up in the grasp of his father and police found scratch marks on the infant’s chest, allegedly inflicted while he held the child and assaulted the mother.

The 29-year-old father, a resident of Redwood Valley, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, misdemeanor damaging connecting lines when he pulled the telephone cord out of the wall and misdemeanor child endangerment. He was booked into the county jail.

The children’s mother, a resident of Ukiah, asked for and received an emergency protective order against the father.


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