A 28-year-old city man is facing assault and risk of injury charges after Middletown Police say he injured his wife's head while intoxicated and passed out with their child crying on the floor in a pool of her blood.
On Sept. 15 at 3:33 a.m., a nurse from the Middlesex Hospital emergency room called police about a victim who had been admitted after being at a party earlier in the evening with her husband, Charles White of Braeburn Lane, the report says.
They both were drinking, police say, and she stopped at 11:45 p.m. because she had to drive home. White kept drinking vodka until 2:30 a.m., the report says, and his wife wanted to go home; he did not.
Police say she drove the car home to relieve her son who was babysitting his three siblings. White, the report says, came home heavily intoxicated at 3 a.m. asking if his friend could use her cell phone for a ride. She refused and he yelled and swore at her, the report says, and she tried to push him away but he was too heavy; he punched her in the face and she fell to the ground bleeding from the head.
"White told her several times she had slipped and hit the wall and he had not punched her," the report says, after which she ran to a neighbor's for help.
At the home, police say, White was sleeping in the bed and could not be awoken. A child was lying on the floor of the bedroom in a pool of dried blood, crying, with a soiled diaper, the report indicates.
"The bedroom had numerous items on the floor which could have harmed the child," the report says, and dirty cloths all over the room, which the child could have choked on.
White was charged with risk of injury to a child and third-degree assault.