Deputies: Woman beaten while holding child in arms
POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 1:14pm
LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) — Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office investigators say a man wanted on charges that he beat his girlfriend in the face while she held their 11-month-old son surrendered to authorities on Sunday.
Investigators had obtained a warrant for 25-year-old Chester Hamilton. Deputies allege Hamilton was in an argument with his girlfriend on Friday, June 14, and hit her in the face with a closed fist. The woman, who had the couple's infant son in her arms, was able to escape from Hamilton with the baby and her six-year-old daughter.
Hamilton then allegedly doused his mobile home with charcoal lighter fluid with intentions of destroying it, but changed his mind.
Investigators say Hamilton, who knew a warrant was issued for him, called 911 on Sunday and turned himself in. He was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on charges of aggravated battery against a household member, child abuse and battery on a household member.
At the time of his arrest, he also had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines.
Hamilton is being held on a $20,000 cash bond.