Summerfield, FL – Man Arrested for Domestic Battery by Strangulation and Kidnapping

January 21, 2019

Summerfield, FL (January 21, 2019) – Police arrested a man from Summerfield this week after he locked a woman in a bedroom after battering her the night before.  She was able to send text messages to a friend who was able to notify authorities about the situation.   

Deputies arrived at the home at 14454 SE 90th Avenue on Wednesday where they spoke to the woman through the window of a bedroom. She told police that she was locked inside the room. She also told police that 64-year-old Edward Clark Babcock had strangled her the night before so badly that she wasn’t able to breathe.

Police had to forcibly open the door to gain access to the woman so that she could get out. The sergeant at the scene reported that the door had deadbolts on both sides and a key was required to unlock it.

Babcock told deputies that he had never physically battered the woman and that she was able to leave at her own will. Babcock also told deputies that the woman locked herself in her bedroom and must have misplaced the key.

Police transported Babcock to the Marion County Jail, where he was then charged with domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and a variety of other related charges.

Summerfield Domestic Battery Laws 

Summerfield, FL – Man Arrested After Locking Woman in BedroomDomestic violence is often referred to as domestic battery, which can occur in a variety of different situations but tends to refer to the intentional injury inflicted by a family or house member. These crimes are seen as especially violent crimes in Florida, with prosecutors taking the charges as seriously as possible.   Many individuals find themselves in a delicate position when they believe that they have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence. This is why it is especially vital to seek the experienced help of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

You might be feeling frightened about your case as you attempt to determine how you will be able to move past these serious charges. At Musca Law, we have helped defend many cases involving domestic violence charges for those who are facing severe penalties such as jail sentences, mandatory anger management programs, community service, huge fines, and more. Our experienced attorneys, who have a combined experience of 150 years in these types of cases, are willing to stand by your side in your time of need. Contact us for more information about how we can help you at (800) 687-2252.

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