Man accused of kicking pregnant girlfriend


Published: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

A man accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and punching her while he held their infant son was arrested Friday by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Dustin Garrett Philman, 33, was charged with child cruelty and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

Philman and the woman live together and have 7-month-old son. She is four months’ pregnant with their second child, of which Philman was aware, the report states.

Philman was intoxicated when the incident occurred, deputies said.

Authorities reported that Philman hit his girlfriend several times in the face with a fist and open hand while he was holding the infant. He is also accused of kicking her twice in the stomach.

The deputy said in the report that the woman had swelling on her face. The baby had two small scratches on his forehead that were caused when Philman was hitting the woman, deputies said.

ASO reported that the woman told deputies Philman had hit her in the past but that she did not report the incidents. She called the Sheriff’s Office from the emergency room at UF Health Shands Hospital, where she was being evaluated.

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