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FORSYTH — A 39-year-old man was arrested Thursday after his wife told officers he threatened multiple times to kill her and burned her by spilling hot food on her chest, police say.

According to a sworn affidavit, the incident was brought to the attention of law enforcement by a friend to whom the victim had confided. The victim then told deputies about numerous incidents dating to 2015, the affidavit said, and said her husband has repeatedly threatened to kill her. 

The victim told deputies that she and the man were at home on June 3 when she offered to pick up their son from an activity. The man told her no, threatened to kill her and knocked over a large pot filled with hot food onto her chest, according to the affidavit. 

The man shoved the woman to the ground and hit her in the head with the pot, the woman told deputies. 

Deputy Drake Lambdin wrote in the affidavit that he saw photos the woman took of her chest, showing severe burning and injury, and that there was scarring and discoloration on her chest. 

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The man denied intentionally hurting his wife, the affidavit said. He told deputies he was "protecting himself" as the victim threatened to dump the food out.

The suspect told officers he grabbed the pot, causing food to spill on his arms and hands as well as on the victim, the sworn affidavit said. The deputy saw no scarring or injury to his arms and hands. The man then said that the top of the soup pot was not hot and that's why he wasn't injured. 

The man was arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday and later released after posting $50,000 bond. He is facing a preliminary charge of aggravated domestic battery, and is ordered not to have any contact with the woman or go to her home. Charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.


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