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Man faces charges in assault on women

June 08, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Hagerstown man who allegedly beat and nearly suffocated his girlfriend early Friday has been charged with attempted second-degree murder.

Harry William Deneen III, of 139 Randolph Ave., is also charged with first- and second-degree assault, according to Deputy Richard Schleigh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The victim, Shannon Marie Smith, 19, of 11324 Youngstown Drive, reportedly lost consciousness during the 12:11 a.m. incident, deputies said.

In February, Deneen was charged in the abduction of Smith's 2-year-old child and was free on bond awaiting trial on that charge, according to court records.

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Deputies responded to the Youngstown Drive apartment after complaints from neighbors about an assault taking place.

When they arrived, they found Smith with visible marks on her face. She told deputies Deneen held his hand over her mouth until she lost consciousness.

Deneen was arrested inside the apartment.

In the other case, Deneen is charged with abducting a child under the age of 12, second-degree assault and driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

Smith told deputies that a man assaulted her at a Youngstown Drive home in mid-February and then left with the child in her 1987 Oldsmobile. About two hours later, deputies found a man with the child in the car, police said.

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