WINSLOW

May 7, 2010

Police: Man beat up pregnant woman in front of children

By Scott Monroe smonroe@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

WINSLOW -- A man was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he attacked his pregnant girlfriend in front of two young children and then drove away, leaving her bloodied and hysterical, police say.

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Joshua H. Crawford

The man, Joshua H. Crawford, 25, of Winslow was charged with a Class B felony of aggravated domestic-violence assault and obstructing report of a crime, as well as assault and criminal mischief.

He was released Thursday from the Kennebec County jail in Augusta on $1,000 cash bail and is scheduled to answer the charges June 8 in Augusta Superior Court.

Police received a 911 call at 9:18 p.m. from a 25-weeks-pregnant screaming woman who lives on Maple Ridge Road with Crawford. Winslow officers Haley Fleming and Brandon Lund responded and found the woman in the driveway, crying and covered in blood. Crawford was not there.

"She had a large laceration on her forehead and her nose was bleeding as well," Fleming said. "When we got there, there was blood, literally, all over the house, all over the floors, over toys and there was a Disney cartoon playing on the television. There was also a blood trail outside on the deck and it was smeared down the car."

Fleming said the woman was taken by Delta Ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Campus in Waterville, where she received five stitches for the cut on her head.

The woman told police that she had gotten into a verbal argument with her live-in boyfriend, who was intoxicated, in front of the woman's two young children. When she tried to leave the house, Crawford pulled her back and disconnected the phone line and destroyed the phone, Fleming said.

No weapons were involved in the attack and police believe the cuts were caused by blunt-force trauma, Fleming said.

"This part is a little hazy, but we believe it started with a head-butt from him -- that's how she sustained most of her injuries," Fleming said.

Later that night, the officers arrested Crawford at a relative's home on Hussey Road in Albion. He was arrested without incident.

The woman was released from Thayer early Thursday morning, Fleming said.

"We're told the pregnancy won't be compromised in any way," Fleming said. "Otherwise, that would have substantially increased the crime."

Scott Monroe -- 861-9253

smonroe@centralmaine.com

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