By MARLO BARNHART
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.