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Woman suffers head injuries in bloody domestic violence case

By Joe Beck

A bloody domestic dispute earlier this month in which the victim was hospitalized with head injuries has led to a charge of malicious wounding against a Woodstock man.

Terry Lee Moats, 45, of 147 Lambert Drive, is being held without bond in the Shenandoah County Jail after a bail hearing Friday.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of sheriff's office said Moats was arrested Dec. 17. The arrest came days after sheriff's deputies answered a report of a domestic dispute at a residence at 32 Millertown Road in Edinburg at 10:41 p.m. Dec. 9.

"They arrived at the scene and found a female victim with cuts to the head," Dellinger said.

A criminal complaint filed in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court states that deputy J.R. Heishman knocked on the door, but no one answered. Heishman entered the house after hearing a female inside saying, "come in, come in," according to the complaint.

Heishman followed the voice to a rear bedroom where he found the victim covered in blood and sitting on a bed.

The victim reported that she and Moats, who had been living in the house for five months, had been drinking when Moats said he wanted to leave with another female to buy drugs, the complaint states.

The victim told Moats "there would not be any drugs at her house," according to the complaint.

At that point, the victim said, Moats turned and smashed a beer bottle across her face, the complaint states.

The complaint states that Moats "was going to help her change her pants and take her to the hospital since she had lost a lot of blood, but told her he 'had to run' and left her in the house."

The complaint states that the victim said she couldn't see and "believed she had glass in her eyes."

"Heishman observed blood running from a piece of glass lodged in her nose at the base of her skull," the complaint states.

The large amount of blood covering the victim's body and clothes prevented Heishman from determining the extent of her injuries, according to the complaint.

"Heishman observed blood in the kitchen, bathroom, hallway and living rooms of the house," the complaint states, adding that he also found a broken beer bottle lying on the bed beside the victim.

Dellinger said the victim was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

"Apparently, alcohol was a factor," in the incident, Dellinger said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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