Man Charged With Battery Of Pregnant Step-Daughter & Strangling Wife

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Credit: Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

Man Charged With Battery Of Pregnant Step-Daughter & Strangling Wife

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A Fort Wayne man has been arrested on several felony battery-related charges after he allegedly attempted to strangle his wife and beat his pregnant step-daughter.

According to court documents, Jeffery Grabner's step-daughter told police that on Friday, Nov. 8, at around 9:30 p.m., Grabner came to the apartment where her and her mother, Grabner's wife, live. Grabner's wife has a no contact order in place that was served on Oct. 2nd.

When Grabner was leaving with some of his clothing, he and his wife got into an argument. Grabner's wife told police that she had told him she was going out for her birthday and he became enraged and grabbed her by the neck and began to strangle her.

The step-daughter told police she stepped between them when he was battering her mother and he grabbed her hair and pulled her, resulting in her falling down a long, steep wooden staircase to the ground. She said Grabner came down the stairs, struck her in the face three to four times with a closed fist, kicked her in the abdomen two times and then kicked her once in the back.

According to police reports, Grabner grabbed his step-daughter by the neck and told her she was going to die. Grabner's step-daughter is over seven months pregnant and has a 2-year-old daughter, who was sleeping inside the apartment at the time of the battery and awoke from the noise.

Court documents state that Grabner and his wife had only been married for two months but have been together for 10 years and have a history of domestic violence.

Grabner had fled the scene and was located when police were called to a report of a disturbance on Nov. 13th. He was brought in by the detective and arrested on the following charges:

  • Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Pregnant Woman, class C felony
  • Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury (within the presence of a child less than 16 years old), a class D felony
  • Strangulation, a class D felony
  • Domestic Battery (within the presence of a child less than 16 years old), a class D felony
  • Invasion of Privacy, class A misdemeanor

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