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Police: Boyfriend battered pregnant woman

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A northeast Columbus man is accused of threatening his pregnant live-in girlfriend and endangering their unborn child by lying on top of the woman, police said.

Shawn W. Seip, 40, of 3029 14th St., was arrested Wednesday night on charges of battery on a pregnant female, a Class D felony.

The 24-year-old woman, who is six months’ pregnant, told police she was awakened at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning when Seip threw a T-shirt at her face, Columbus Police spokesman Patrolman Ben Quesenbery said.

The woman added that as she began to protest, her boyfriend laid on top of her and placed a pillow over her face, he said.

The woman, who said she had difficulty breathing, added that while she was able to get out from behind the pillow, Seip remained with his full body-weight on top of her, Quesenbery said.

The girlfriend told investigating Patrolwoman Courtney Plummer that after she warned Seip he was hurting her and that she was going to call police, the boyfriend stood up and hit himself in the face, Quesenbery said.

“(Seip) told her he was going to report that she hit him, so she would go to jail,” Quesenbery said. “(Seip) then made additional comments that if he ‘wanted her dead, it would happen’ and that ‘she would always have to look over her shoulder, because she may never see her kids again.’”

An initial report filed by Plummer indicates that while the officer found evidence of a struggle, neither the woman nor her unborn child appeared to have been injured.

During his arrest, Seip told officer Wesley Dodge that his girlfriend hit him in the face with a lunchbox, and blackened his eye 12 hours earlier, Quesenbery said. Dodge’s report indicates the man did have a small mark below his left eye.

Seip was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he was still being held Thursday afternoon in lieu of $25,000 surety or $2,500 cash bond.

If convicted on the arrest charge, Siep could be jailed six months to three years, as well as ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, will be filed.

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