Four felony charges were filed in Scott Circuit Court against an 18-year-old father after he allegedly struck his pregnant girlfriend.
Colton G. Napier was arrested at the home he shared with the girlfriend and other family members on Saturday, October 17, by Patrolman Travis Rutherford of the Scottsburg Police Department.
The officer was dispatched to the residence after a 9-1-1 call was received by authorities.
Ptl. Rutherford talked to the girlfriend, who said she is nine weeks pregnant with the couple's second child. She said Napier had been drinking and had thrown items in the kitchen and then punched a hole in a bedroom wall. She said he also slapped her across the face and kicked her in the stomach.
The girl's mother said she was present during the altercation and witnessed what happened. The woman said she was holding the couple's eight-month-old son when Napier pushed her because she tried to stop him from assaulting her daughter.
Napier had left the house by the time Ptl. Rutherford arrived. When he returned later the same day, the officer found Napier in the house and placed him in custody.
He reported in the probable cause affidavit that, as he tried to put a seatbelt on Napier after he was seated in the officer's squad car, the young man attempted to “headbutt” him. Ptl. Rutherford was not injured because he avoided contact. Then, Napier allegedly spat at the officer.
When Napier arrived in court on Tuesday, October 20, he learned that he was charged with Level 5 felony battery, Level 6 domestic battery, attempted battery and battery and Class A misdemeanor battery.
A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for Napier, and an initial jury trial date of March 1, 2016, was scheduled by Judge Roger Duvall.
Bond was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash.
Napier also has two protective orders filed against him, which require him to have no contact with the girlfriend or her mother.