NORTH WEBSTER – A North Webster man was arrested Monday for battering his girlfriend causing serious bodily injury.
Zeth A. Begley, 25, of 308 S. Harrison St., North Webster, was arrested by the North Webster Police Department following a June 22 incident. He was charged with battery causing serious bodily injury, a Class C felony; domestic battery with a child under 16 years old present, a Class D felony; and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. He was held on a $5,000 bond.
According to a probable cause affidavit from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office, on June 22 a North Webster officer responded to a report of a woman who had been battered who was at North Webster EMS. The woman had a large bump on her forehead, scratches on her neck, swelling and bruising to her right eye, laceration on her right elbow and scrapes and marks on her legs and shoulders, the affidavit states.
She told officers everything was fuzzy and she had lost consciousness. She was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital.
Police went to Begley’s residence but did not find him. They later found him at Camelot Drive and South Main Street in North Webster.
Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke with Begley, who admitted he had been in a physical fight with his girlfriend at her residence. He said he had gotten into an argument and she attacked him and he held her down.
He said the victim and his daughter were present when the fight occurred. Scratches on Begley’s chest, neck and arms were observed.
On June 25, officers met with the victim and immediately observed bruises on her face, shoulder, arms and legs that were a result of Begley battering her.
She said Begley and she got into an argument and he grabbed her throat, pushed her against the kitchen door and she fell to the floor. Begley then dragged her into the living room by the hair and punched her in the back of the head and began kicking her, she told police.
She said she attempted to get out the front door and Begley slammed the door on her arm, causing injury, then then ripped all of her clothing off and attempted to drag her outside. She said she got away and barricaded herself in the bedroom.
Begley then forced his way into the bedroom and hit her on the head causing her head to hit the drywall, breaking it. She advised she lost consciousness and did not know what happed until she woke up. She advised she got her clothes back on and went outside and she was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital.
She had two concussions and a broken nose.
There were large and small holes in the drywall with blood on the drywall where the battery had occurred, according to the affidavit. There also was damage to the bedroom door Begley had forced open.