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Man Accused of Choking Pregnant Woman During Domestic Dispute

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Police - nightUNION TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman during a domestic dispute in Union Township, Jefferson County.

Court documents indicate Punxsutawney-based State Police have filed criminal charges against 25-year-old Kyle Alan Batley of New Bethlehem.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, at a residence in Union Township, Kyle Alan Batley allegedly threw a make-up bag at a known female, who is pregnant with his child, causing a welt on her right bicep. He then allegedly smashed the woman’s finger in a door, causing her left pinky finger to bruise and become swollen. He also allegedly shoved the woman onto a couch and began choking her, which impeded her ability to breathe, and struck her in the face, causing a bruise on her right cheek.

Trooper Fulmer interviewed the known female on Sunday, February 10. According to the complaint, the victim said an argument over another girl messaging Batley on Facebook ensued. The argument escalated when Batley allegedly got angry and threw a make-up bag at her arm, causing a welt on her bicep.

She said Batley then took her cell phone and tried to lock himself in another room. She reported that when she was attempting to get her phone back, Batley smashed her left pinky finger in a door, causing it to swell and bruise. She stated that when she asked Batley for her phone again, he shoved her onto a couch and began choking her, which impeded her ability to breathe. At this time, she scratched the left side of his lower lip while trying to get him off of her. She related that Batley then left the residence in his vehicle, according to the complaint.

Trooper Fulmer also interviewed Batley on Sunday, February 10. According to the complaint, Batley stated that he and the known female were arguing when he took her make-up bag, “tossed it across the floor,” and then grabbed her phone. He stated the known female then grabbed him by his hoodie and scratched his lip and said that when he sat down on the couch, the woman grabbed his face and put her thumb in his eye. He said he then smacked her hand away from him and took her phone to another room, and the known female followed him and tried to push through the door to get the phone. He stated he then gave her the phone, got his keys, and left.

The complaint notes that during the interview with the known female, Trooper Fulmer observed a bruise on her face, a welt on her bicep, and bruises and swelling to her left pinky finger.

The following charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak’s office on Monday, February 11, 2019:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on March 5, with Judge Bazylak presiding.

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