A rural Wakeman man faces a felony domestic violence charge in connection with an incident when the suspected victim was pregnant.
A Huron County grand jury indicted Mark A. Philpot, 30, of 2009 Wenz Road, on domestic violence Friday. The fifth-degree felony is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars. He entered a "not guilty plea" Monday to the suspected Aug. 10 incident.
"It's a first offense domestic violence charge," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said, but added it's a felony because the victim was pregnant.
"There was no injury to the unborn children," Longo said.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female subject on behalf of the victim.
"The victim and friend were in the house when the boyfriend, who was allegedly drunk, got home," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said earlier.
"The victim's friend suggested they were going to go outside for a walk and Philpot allegedly became hostile, told the friend to leave, grabbed his girlfriend by her hair and threw her into a washing machine, where she struck her stomach.
"The man then got on top of the victim and continued beating her," the sheriff's spokesman added.
When deputies arrived, Philpot was still on top of the woman and reportedly beating her. The victim's and Philpot's 1-year-old daughter was reportedly in a high-chair during the incident.
The woman, who was 3 1/2 months pregnant with twins, sustained injuries to her head and face.
"Her ear was swollen and she was bitten in the forehead. She was transported by ambulance to Fisher-Titus (Medical Center), where she was treated and released," Patrick said.
"He (Philpot) had a household. The alleged victim is in the household," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway at Monday's arraignment.
At the request of the state, Conway ruled Philpot is prohibited from having any direct or indirect contact with the victim if he posts a $10,000 bond. Longo said he didn't object to the court order, but informed the judge that the woman had visited the defendant twice in jail before his Norwalk Municipal Court preliminary hearing.
Conway stressed to Philpot the importance of not contacting the suspected victim.
"If she tries to contact you, you need to ignore that," the judge said.
Philpot, who has no prior felony convictions, has a trial set for Nov. 7.