Salem man arrested for domestic battery

Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

James Horner, 27, Salem, was arrested after a physical altercation with his wife that resulted in his accidentally striking his young daughter.

This past Thursday, Salem Police Officer Tyler Gregory was sent to the Department of Child Services to assist in the investigation.

According to Gregory’s report, Horner’s wife told officers the day before, Oct. 30, she and Horner had been in bed, arguing over gas money and the argument escalated and became physical. Horner, she said, tried to punch her in a “side-sweeping manner,” but she was able to block it with her hand, causing a bruise on her hand. She said when Horner threw an open-handed strike at her, he missed and struck their youngest daughter in the face.

Horner’s wife said Horner became apologetic and began to yell at his mother, who the couple lived with. Horner’s wife said she wanted to press charges and Gregory left them to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Gregory then spoke with Horner, who he said acted as though he didn’t know what his wife and daughter were talking about, then asked if they were referencing something that had happened Wednesday morning.

Horner said he and his wife had been arguing about money and then his mother came into the room and started yelling at his wife. He said he left the room because he didn’t want to hear it anymore.

Gregoy asked Horner about the bruise on his wife’s hand. He claimed that his wife got it slamming her hand into the door.

DCS informed Gregory there had been a previous incident when both of the couple’s children had bruises on them in July. Gregory arrested Horner and, upon further investigation, discovered Horner had previously been convicted of domestic battery.

Horner was preliminarily charged with battery against someone younger than 14, battery with a prior conviction and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child younger than 16.


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