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Jasonville man allegedly battered wife in Linton motel

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A 21-year-old Jasonville man has been formally charged in connection with a domestic battery altercation that took place last week in a Linton motel room.

James I. Roberts made an initial appearance in Greene Superior Court on Monday and was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a minor ---- a class D felony.

He was arrested Nov. 14 by Linton Police Department Officer Debbie McDonald-Miller following an alleged battery that took place in a room at the Park Inn at Linton.

Superior Court Judge Dena Martin appointed Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman to represent Roberts in court proceedings. She also issued a no contact order between Roberts and the alleged female victim in the case.

A pre-trial hearing was set for 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.

Roberts posted $400 cash bond and was released from jail and ordered to appear at the pre-trial hearing.

McDonald-Miller stated in a probable cause affidavit filed with the court that when she arrived at the motel room just after midnight on Nov. 14, she observed the victim standing next to a dresser and running her hand through her hair and "handfuls were coming out."

McDonald asked why her hair was falling out and she started to cry and replied that Roberts had pulled it.

The victim said her 3-year-old son was with them in the motel room and had been playing a game on Roberts' phone. Roberts was asleep.

She told police the game stopped when a text message from another female was received.

The victim woke Roberts up to question him about the text message and he allegedly became irate and started yelling at her.

The victim alleged that Roberts pinned her to the floor and began hitting her in the head and pulling her hair out.

"She said that when she got up and was walking to the bathroom, James (Roberts) was walking behind her and he struck her in the back of the head with a closed fist causing a knot and pain," McDonald-Roberts wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

Roberts told police that the victim woke him up and started yelling at him. He said the victim came at him and attempted to hit him in the face with a closed fist.

Roberts said he grabbed the woman and pinned her to the floor, but at no time did he hit her.

Both the victim and Roberts said the 3-year-old boy was sitting on the bed crying while the altercation took place, according to court documents.

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shouldnt they both have went to jail?????????????????????

-- Posted by mhasler on Thu, Nov 22, 2012, at 8:14 PM

woooowoooo! What a Big man you are??? Really?? In front of a child, to top it all off? Grow up and keep your hands off of your wife!

-- Posted by arby on Fri, Nov 23, 2012, at 1:08 PM

Both should have been taken to jail IF she did go at him too. If a female is big enough to hit a male then she is big enough to be hit back. Either way this poor child was the biggest victim and should be helped the most. Prayers go out to the little boy. Hope the mom is okay too!

-- Posted by lovely1989 on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 11:09 AM

Wow, they should both go to jail? Since when did it become ok for a man to hit a woman? That's right, it is not ok for a man to hit a woman, especially in front of a 3 year old child. There is very little chance that a female can match a male in size, strenth, and power. There is also very little chance that this is the first opportunity that this "man" has had to hit his wife. Domestic battery is as much about power as it is anything else. Did the guy have any marks on him? Was his hair falling out? Chances are, neither the man or woman qualifies as parent of the year, but that does not excuse what happened in that hotel room. When you are a parent, you have responsibilites above and beyond concerning yourself with a text message. There is a time and place to have an argument, and it is never in front of a child. Unfortunately, this case is likely to end as so many others. Couple reunites, continues fighting and the child is raised in a home where domestic battery is the norm. Child grows up and so the cycle continues unless something is done to stop the situation before it is allowed to continue, or, even worse, escalates into a violent end for mom or battery against the child. The best hope is that the court and child services intervene early and strong and give this couple the option of making changes or losing the child.

-- Posted by Stand Up on Mon, Nov 26, 2012, at 5:49 PM

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