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Racine police say a 31-year-old man is facing battery charges after he beat up a developmentally disabled woman.
Jamie Turner, of Racine, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts of bail jumping and two misdemeanor counts of battery. If convicted, he faces up to 13-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman appeared Thursday at the Racine Police Department to report that her boyfriend – identified as Turner – had assaulted her on two occasions. The woman had visible bruises on her arms and legs she said came from a small fan Turner swung at her by hanging onto the power cord after she told him she was moving out of their apartment.
Police say the woman also had two black eyes and a bump on her forehead the woman said happened when Turner head-butted her for not cleaning the house. The woman has developmental disabilities, but she can live on her own as long as someone else handles her finances. She told officers she was reluctant to report the incidents to police because Turner threatened to kill her, but her financial guardian saw her injuries and transported her to the police department.
The woman met Turner online two years ago and was coming to Racine from her home in Milwaukee to visit him, the complaint reads. At the beginning of October, Turner and the woman decided to move into together., and he got violent when she said she was moving back to Milwaukee.
Turner was taken into custody without incident at his job and told police during questioning that he suffered from a “brain and mental health issues” that affect his memory. Officers say Turner maintained the assaults were “possible,” but he couldn’t really remember.
He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond and is ordered to not have any contact with the woman. Turner will next be in court Oct. 19 for his preliminary hearing.