Man charged with malicious wounding

Eric Nelson

A New Market woman was treated at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital with injuries that authorities say she received as a result of being hit by her husband during several domestic violence incidents throughout December.

The victim’s husband, Eric Thonas Nelson, 27, of East Lee Highway, New Market, has been charged with malicious wounding, strangulation, both felonies, and two counts of assault on a family member, both misdemeanors.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was sent to the New Market Police Department on Dec. 29 to meet with the victim.

“It had apparently been an ongoing issue through the month of December,” Proctor said of the domestic violence.

Proctor said the victim reported being “punched several times in the face and neck areas.”

He added that the victim also said she had been strangled at “one point.”

Proctor said deputies saw the victim had unspecified injuries to her face and head.

“When deputies observed the injuries, they requested the rescue squad to respond,” Proctor said. “The extent of her injuries I’m unsure of, but she was transported to SMH for other medical treatment.”

Proctor said deputies arrested Nelson at his home hours later and took him to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail where he was held without bond.

Proctor said Nelson was also served with an arrest warrant Wednesday as a result of a follow up investigation in which authorities linked him to injuries  a 10-year-old boy had sustained on his buttocks. The boy was living with Nelson and his wife at the time of the alleged offense.

Proctor said a protective order was issued against Nelson. The defendant is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Feb. 4.

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