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W. Mifflin man heads to court in domestic case

| Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

A West Mifflin man is headed to trial for allegedly beating his McKeesport girlfriend in front of their 9-month-old son.

Bradley Phillip Harris, 19, remains jailed on $75,000 bail as a result of a preliminary hearing on Monday before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr.

The judge held for court charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, burglary and two counts of simple assault.

Charges stem from an incident on Aug. 1 at 10:26 p.m. along the 400 block of Pacific Avenue.The alleged victim and McKeesport Detective Schelley Gould testified at the hearing.

The woman said Harris came to her home and questioned her about an incident that occurred earlier this year.

The criminal complaint states the woman told police Harris kicked in the door, took her phone and started checking her text messages. It indicates Harris said he “didn't have any sympathy” for the woman as he continued to strike her.

The woman testified Harris struck her numerous times in the head and face, damaging her eye and causing bruises to her arm.

Gould testified he documented the woman's injuries and had a written statement from her about the assault.

Gould said when he and another officer went to the residence on Aug. 1, Harris told police another man kicked in the door and he and the unnamed man were fighting. The woman attempted to break up the fight and was struck, knocking her head first into the arm of the couch, which then caused her eye injury, Harris said.

Gould said the woman called police the following day to talk about what happened the previous night. The detective said the alleged victim did not want to talk to officers at the time of the incident for fear Harris would harm her again.

Gould testified the woman told detectives she went to UPMC Presbyterian, and was informed she had a fractured bone under her left eye and another injury that would require surgery as a result of the beating.

Gould testified he had investigated previous domestic incidents with Harris and the woman in which she would talk to police days after an altercation.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Lusty prosecuted the case. Public defender Angela Yavonne Hayden represented Harris.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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