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Man accused of repeatedly kicking pregnant wife's stomach

Scott Seitz2 • May 9, 2015 at 11:18 PM

An area man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his pregnant wife.

James T. Hinant, 42, of 2711 Alpine Trail, Huron, was taken into custody Monday night by Erie County sheriff's deputies and charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.

Hinant is accused of choking his wife, repeatedly striking her in the face and head, kicking her in the stomach and then smashing a glass ashtray over her head.

According to the police report, the victim arrived home from work and discovered Hinant drinking in the garage with several of his friends.

The wife went out to the garage to talk to the suspect, but he became angry and began calling her names, the report indicated.

She attempted to calm Hinant down, but he became increasingly angry and allegedly struck the victim with a chair.

Hinant allegedly then pushed the victim up against the wall and began choking her before one of his friends pulled him away and restrained him.

Deputies later noticed the victim had redness around the front of her neck and throat that would be consistent with someone having been forcibly choked, deputies said.

The victim and suspect then reportedly went inside the home to discuss her pregnancy and an attempt to sell their home.

The victim advised that conversation angered Hinant and he attacked her, kicking her repeatedly in the stomach and striking her head and face.

Hinant had allegedly threatened to kill his wife before due to the fact she's pregnant.

Deputies wrote Hinant allegedly smashed a glass ashtray with such force over the victim's head the glass was in powder form on the back cushion where the victim's head would have been.

The suspect claimed the ashtray broke when his wife attempted to throw it at him and he blocked it.

Deputies, in their report, indicated the victim had a gash on her head and dried blood and her head and face.

When deputies explained to Hinant the glass was in powder form on the couch, he claimed the victim must have placed the glass on the couch to coincide with her statement.

Deputies then arrested Hinant and transported him to the Erie County Jail.

Deputies attempted to interview witnesses at the scene, but they were "less than cooperative."

The police were initially called to the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call involving a domestic dispute.

Hinant later collapsed near the intake door at jail, complaining he could not breathe, deputies said. He was transported to a local hospital and then transferred back to the jail where he was served his copies of the charges.

Hinant has a preliminary hearing set for 9:30 a.m. May 21 at Erie County Municipal Court.

The judge set his bond at $50,000, with no 10-percent provision.

Hinant is also not permitted to have any direct or indirect contact with the victim.

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