PIERCETON — A Pierceton man was recently arrested after allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a dumbbell.
Jesus Contreras-Nieto, 37, 3104 E. Wooster Road 20, Pierceton, is charged with domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony; domestic battery with a child under 16 present, strangulation, and intimidation, all level 6 felonies; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
On July 10, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a location regarding an injured woman needing medical assistance. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found a woman with a large laceration on her head. Her face was bruised and swollen.
According to court documents, the woman said Contreras-Nieto battered her with a dumbbell, trash can, and his hands and legs. He also allegedly placed his hands around the woman’s neck. The woman said there were several children at the location when the battery occurred. She was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Officers went into the home and found four children were present. One of the children said they heard Contreras-Nieto and the woman verbally arguing. Contreras-Nieto was not at the home when officers arrived.
Later that day, one of the officers went to the hospital to interview the woman about what happened. The woman said she went to a home when a verbal argument occurred between herself and Contreras-Nieto. He then forcibly moved the woman into a bathroom and pushed her into a bathtub. While there, he hit the woman with his fists and legs. Contreras-Nieto also hit her hands with a toilet paper rack, causing swelling to her hands.
He then retrieved a dumbbell and hit the woman in the head, resulting in a laceration. The woman told the officer Contreras-Nieto choked her and threatened to kill her.
During the battery, one of the four children at the home woke up. When Contreras-Nieto went to check on the child, the woman left the scene and contacted police.
Contreras-Nieto was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Sept. 7, with an $11,000 surety and cash bond.