Police: Wife felt her way to neighbor's house after Waddell man beat her

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 20, 2013 

Jammel Dunn

Update (11:52 a.m.):

A Waddell man faced charges of family violence aggravated assault and false imprisonment during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing, after he was accused of beating his wife so severely that she had to feel her way to a neighbor's house.

Jammel Dunn, 41, faced charges of family violence aggravated assault, false imprisonment, obstructing a 911 call, theft by taking and two counts of third degree cruelty to children during a 9 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing. His case was heard by Judge Michael Cielinski.

Officers told the court that they received a call about an assault on Waddell Drive at about 10:30 a.m., at which time they went to meet the victim at a residence on Waddell Court.

The 40-year-old victim told police that she and Dunn were arguing about his contact with another woman shortly before 8 a.m. During the argument, the woman told Dunn she wanted him to move out. He then allegedly choked her and hit her until she lost consciousness.

The victim told police her 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were present during the argument.

When she awoke in her bedroom about 30 minutes later, her face was swollen and she was having trouble seeing. She told police she believed the injuries occurred from Dunn continuing to hit her after she lost consciousness.

The victim told police she heard Dunn packing in the other room. She attempted to leave the bedroom so she could escape the house, but every time she tried to leave the room Dunn pushed her back in. This continued for about 30 minutes, until Dunn left the house.

When Dunn left, the victim gathered her children and started her way toward a friend's house on Waddell Court. She reported having great difficulty leaving the house. Several neighbors on Waddell Court who offered her assistance told police the victim was forced to feel her way down the street because her eyes were swollen so severely from her injuries.

The victim's friend on Waddell Court alerted police to the assault while several other Waddell Court residents went looking for Dunn. One noticed Dunn running near Waddell Court and followed him until he entered a residence on Forrest Road. That witness then reported to authorities where Dunn was located.

Officers told the court that when they met with the victim, she had severe bruising and scratches consistent with being choked on her neck and face. Her lips were lacerated and bleeding in multiple locations, her eyes were swollen shut and her ear was swollen and leaking bodily fluid and blood.

Police later located and arrested Dunn and transported him to Muscogee County Jail.

During his hearing, Dunn told the court that he acted out of self defense when he hit his wife. He alleged that when he awoke Monday morning, his wife had a knife to his throat. He said she continued to threaten him with the knife, so he hit her and then went to get ice for her injury. While he was attempting to get ice, she ordered him out of the house.

Dunn said he then packed his things for work and left. He emphasized he meant no harm to his children, who he said were in the living room watching TV during the incident. He also said that this is not the first time his wife has pulled a knife on him.

Cielinski set Dunn's bond at $36,000. His case will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Original story

A Waddell Drive man was arrested and charged with family violence aggravated assault Monday after he was accused of beating his wife, according to a Columbus Police report.

Police arrived at the residence on the 3100 block of Waddell Drive at about 10:30 a.m., after receiving reports of an assault. During the investigation, 41-year-old Jammel Dunn was charged with aggravated assault.

Sgt Lance Deaton told The Ledger-Enquirer Tuesday morning that when officers arrived, they found the 40-year-old victim with multiple bruises and scratches on her neck and face. She was later transported to the Medical Center for her injuries.

Although police originally stated Dunn and the victim were girlfriend and boyfriend, the relationship was later clarified during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Two children were present during the incident.

The victim was also obstructed from leaving her home and from calling 911 during the incident. Deaton was unable to specify how she was prevented from leaving and in what way she was obstructed from seeking emergency assistance.

Dunn was also charged with misdemeanor theft by taking, although information on the goods allegedly taken were not available.

In addition to the aforementioned charge, Dunn was charged with two counts of third degree cruelty to children, obstruction of 911 call and false imprisonment.

Dunn was arrested and transported to Muscogee County Jail.

This story has been corrected to clarify the relationship between Jammel Dunn and the victim.

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