Martinsburg man charged after woman left with multiple fractures

Christopher Charles Dawson is charged with malicious wounding

August 13, 2012
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man charged with malicious wounding early Monday is accused of a violent attack that left a woman with multiple facial fractures and other injuries, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Christopher Charles Dawson, 22, of 521 West Virginia Ave., was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on a $25,000 cash-only bond, according to court and jail records.

At City Hospital in Martinsburg, the victim was unable to give Martinsburg Police Department Patrol Officer M.J. Butcher a written statement because her eyes were swollen shut, according to court documents.

After being flagged down by the victim in the 400 block of Winchester Avenue early Monday, Butcher noticed that her head was wrapped in a towel, a large amount of blood was in her mouth and her speech was slurred, according to court documents. Butcher noted that the majority of her face was swollen and bruised, according to court documents.


Nursing staff later told police that the victim suffered multiple facial fractures and might be missing several teeth, according to court documents.

The medical personnel told Butcher that due to continued facial swelling, they believed the victim’s airway would ultimately be obstructed, according to court documents.

The victim told police the defendant repeatedly slammed her head into the floor after he began attacking her in their bedroom, according to court documents.

Police found blood on the floor, curtains and bed, and a McDonald’s bag containing a large amount of hair, apparently from the victim, according to court documents. The victim told police he was cutting off her hair with a knife or some other sharp object.

The victim told police that she waited for the defendant to fall asleep and then left the residence, walked a block to Winchester Avenue and waited to flag down a passing car, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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