“The woman’s daughter, who is six, began yelling at the defendant, telling him to stop hurting her mother,” said prosecutor Pavan Nagavelli during Friday's arraignment.
FRAMINGHAM – A young girl tried to defend her mother from being assaulted on Thursday, hitting the man who was hurting her mom and then running to get help, a prosecutor said Friday in Framingham District Court.
Police arrested Shane Gibson, 32, of Boston, after the 9 p.m. incident in an Interfaith Terrace apartment, prosecutor Pavan Nagavelli said during Gibson’s arraignment.
On Thursday, Gibson and his girlfriend got into an argument because they were late picking up the woman’s children from a school event. When they returned to the woman’s apartment, Gibson took a shower, but then continued the argument, using derogatory names toward the woman in front of her 6-year-old daughter and an infant.
Gibson then shoved her down on a couch and pinned her.
“The woman’s daughter, who is six, began yelling at the defendant, telling him to stop hurting her mother,” said Nagavelli. “The 6-year-old child then began hitting Mr. Gibson to try to get him to let her mother go.”
The mother yelled for the girl to get help, and the child ran to a neighbor’s apartment and began banging on the door. A man opened the door to find the child in hysterics, asking for him to call someone because “someone is beating up my mom,” Nagavelli said.
When police arrived, they found Gibson bleeding from a cut on his arm. The woman said she sliced Gibson with a pair of scissors to defend herself, the prosecutor said.
Police arrested Gibson, who has no fixed address, and charged him with domestic assault and battery.
Nagavelli asked Judge Jennifer Stark to hold Gibson on $500 bail, but his lawyer Kevin Collins argued for his release. Gibson has never been convicted of a crime, Collins aid, and had no money for bail.
“He’s currently homeless,” said Collins. “He essentially sleeps on friends' couches night to night.”
Stark released Gibson without bail, but ordered him to stay away from the victim and her apartment. Gibson is due back in court next month for a pretrial conference.
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