Pregnant Woman Hospitalized After Domestic Violence Incident, Suspect Arrested For Numerous Charges
By Space Coast Daily // March 3, 2017
23-year-old Jeremy Christian Barry Arrested
BREEVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – West Melbourne Police have arrested 23-year-old Jeremy Christian Barry on a slew of felony charges stemming from a domestic violence incident that began on March 1, according to Sgt. Michelle Page of the West Melbourne Police Department.
According to authorities, the 20-year-old victim is pregnant with Barry’s child.
The couple live together in the City of Melbourne, but the victim ﬂed from the residence just after 1:30 am Thursday morning after Barry tied her to a chair and held a knife to her throat Wednesday.
“Once at a relative’s residence in West Melbourne, the victim called the police. After police arrived and took the report, Barry knocked on the door to the relative’s house identifying himself as “Melbourne Police Department,”” said Sgt. Page.
“When the victim opened the door with her 9-month-old baby in her arms, Barry pushed her aside and took the baby.”
Investigators say the victim attempted to call 911 on a cell phone, but Barry saw her attempting to hide the cell phone under a couch.
Barry then disabled the cell phone and threw it in the toilet.
Authorities say the victim next remembered waking up on the floor with a bloody face. When she woke, Barry began beating her with a chair in the rib area.
After several painful strikes, the victim began protecting her mid-section with her arms. The force of the chair strikes broke the bones in one of her arms. The woman also suffered multiple abrasions to her face as she went in and out of consciousness.
The woman’s injuries required medical attention at a local hospital.
Barry brought the victim to the hospital where he forced her to say she was involved in a traffic crash. Barry then left the hospital, leaving the baby behind. After officers left the hospital, Barry returned several hours later and was taken into custody without incident.
Barry is charged with Occupied Residential Burglary with a Battery, Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Female (DV), Aggravated Battery with Serious Bodily Injury (DV), Depriving a Person of a Communication Device, Impersonating a Law Enforcement Ofﬁcer, Destruction of Evidence, Tampering with a Witness/Victim.
Barry is being held with no bond at the Brevard County Jail.
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