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Husband allegedly punches his wife as he holds newborn

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An argument over alleged infidelity prompted an Allentown man to assault his wife as he held the couple’s baby, police said.

Allentown police charged Damion Ellerby with simple assault and harassment following last week’s early-morning altercation in the couple’s North Nelson Street home. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the 31-year-old Saturday morning, setting bail at $5,000.

Police were dispatched to the home about 4 a.m. Saturday after someone called the Allentown 911 center and whispered to an operator that she was going to die, urging police to hurry, according to court records.

Officers arrived to hear arguing in the apartment and find the victim with a lump on her forehead and abrasions on her face. Officers also found a drunken, sweaty Ellerby with slurred speech and blood on his knuckles, according to court records. He was detained while police spoke with his wife.

The victim told police that the argument started after another woman called to speak with Ellerby. He proceeded to pick up their newborn child and allegedly punch his wife in the head several times, according to police.

After Ellerby was arrested and taken to police headquarters, authorities learned of an outstanding probation warrant out of Lehigh County. Court records show police charged Ellerby in October with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Records also show a series of guilty pleas for simple assault, terroristic threats, false ID to police, public drunkenness and marijuana possession.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 8.


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