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Police Investigate Domestic Dispute Cases
Former MLB Star Arrested for Dispute
Former MLB All-Star Albert Belle was arrested Sunday in Scottsdale on suspicion of driving under the influence and indecent exposure after police say he urinated in the parking lot of a Scottsdale soccer stadium.
Police said one of the people he exposed himself to was a juvenile.
Belle was arrested outside of the Phoenix Rising Stadium just after 10:30 p.m., according to a probable cause statement. He has since been released on his own recognizance.
A man told Salt River police his 15-year-old daughter had witnessed Belle urinating next to the driver’s side door of his car in the parking lot, the report said. The man proceeded to yell at Belle, who responded by shaking his genitals at the father and daughter, court records show.
Officers said Belle had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled like alcohol, police wrote in the report. Belle admitted to having a verbal altercation with the man, but denied urinating in public. He also told police he had driven his car, the statement said.
Officers noticed two separate wet spots in the parking lot next to where the car was parked, according to the report.
Belle was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of two counts of indecent exposure, driving under the influence and DUI with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher.
The 51-year-old was a five-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 2000. A hip problem forced him to retire at 34.
Belle has been a relatively controversial figure for a variety of incidents both on and off the field, from using a corked bat in 1994 to allegedly chasing down teenagers who egged his house on Halloween. In 2006, Belle pleaded guilty to stalking his former girlfriend and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.
Man Cut From Seahawks for Domestic Dispute
The Seattle Seahawks quickly cut quarterback Trevone Boykin after a domestic violence accusation earlier this week, and Boykin was arrested and charged for the incident on Wednesday.
WFAA in Dallas said Boykin, a former TCU star who had been with the Seahawks since they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016, was arrested and charged for assaulting his girlfriend. WFAA, citing a police news release, said detectives found surveillance video at Boykin’s home that showed “what appeared to be an assault that occurred inside the residence.” Boykin was charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, according to WFAA. That’s a second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison, WFAA said.
Boykin’s girlfriend claimed to WFAA this week that Boykin had broken her jaw.
Police Sgt. William Yale’s Statement:
Basically [detectives] were able to confirm the assault occurred after reviewing the video.
According to the Associated Press, Boykin has denied the allegations. Boykin was in Tarrant County Jail overnight Wednesday and bail had not been set in his case as of Thursday afternoon, WFAA reported.
Boykin’s Girlfriend, Shabrika Bailey’s Statement:
So he goes into a choke. I remember him choking me and I’m trying to calm him down. And I just couldn’t. And I blacked out. I just couldn’t calm him down at all.
Boykin was Russell Wilson’s backup in 2016, then was on Seattle’s practice squad and didn’t appear in a game in 2017.
Man Arrested for Child Abuse
A Tucson man with a history of abuse and neglect allegations is facing charges in the death of his 3-month-old daughter, authorities said.
The Tucson Police Department said Terry Bruner, 26, has been arrested on one count of first-degree murder and five counts of child abuse.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety said Miracle Bruner was transported to the hospital Oct. 27, 2017.
Miracle had “extensive injuries, including retinal hemorrhages and head trauma,” according to DCS. She died Nov. 3 and Bruner was arrested.
According to case documents filed in the Pima County Superior Court, the interim complaint shows the types of trauma the 3-month-old girl went through.
Domestic Child Abuse
The complaint said Bruner first called 911 on Oct. 27, 2017. He indicated, “his 3-month-old daughter, Miracle Bruner, went limp and stopped breathing.”
The child was transported to Tucson Medical Center by the Tucson Fire Department, “where she arrived pulseless,” the complaint stated. Doctors worked on Miracle and Tucson Police Department detectives responded to continue the investigation.
One day later, on Oct. 28, an MRI scan was done on Miracle’s brain. The complaint states the 3-month-old had, “subdural hematomas, edema (swelling of the brain), Ischemia (inadequate blood supply to the brain) which were all indicative of abusive head trauma consistent with non-accidental trauma also referred to as shaken baby syndrome.”
That same day an X-Ray was done on Miracle and revealed 10 healing rib fractures and fractured bones in her legs.
Bruner admitted to detectives that he takes care of Miracle while the child’s mother works nights and sleeps during the day.
He admitted he may have soothed the baby in a rough manner or picked her up too fast by one arm in a rough manner or swaddled her too tight but denied ever shaking the baby at any time and could not explain how the injuries or burns occurred.
A jail phone call, revealed in the complaint, between Bruner and Miracle’s mother shed light on his distress at the time. When she told Terry Bruner of the extent of the injuries to Miracle he stated, “What did I do! What did I do!”
DCS said it investigated Bruner two times since 2011.
In May 2011, Bruner was accused of abusing two young children in the home where he lived. DCS said the allegations were unsubstantiated and the case was closed.
In August 2017, Miracle’s mother was accused of neglect. DCS said Miracle’s mother was receiving “services in the community to address her needs” and the case was closed.
There were no other children in Bruner’s home at the time of the incident, according to DCS.
The Pima County Superior Court schedule shows Bruner is scheduled to be back in court Thursday, March 29. The public defender he was assigned for an active felony domestic violence case does not have a contract with Pima County to defend individuals charged with First Degree Murder.
Jury trial is expected to begin in September 2018, court records show.
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