Held hostage with her 17-month-old son for 5 days, a Utah woman hid in her closet with a laptop and posted a plea for help on Facebook, saying they would likely be “dead by morning” if somebody didn’t come to their rescue.
The post prompted a concerned friend to call police. When officers arrived to check on the woman’s welfare, they were initially denied access to enter the home. When they finally were able to enter, they asked the woman if she was OK and she responded with a shake of her head to signal “No.”
Police took 33 year old Troy Reed Critchfield into another room so they could question the woman privately. She told officers that she and her child had not been allowed to leave the home and that she had been repeatedly hit, choked and sexually abused over a period of 5 days. She said Critchfield had treated her son roughly, and refused to let her feed the family dog.
Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said:
“She claims that any time she went to go to a door, he physically assaulted her… Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home. It just happened that she was able to use it.”
Police arrested Critchfield and booked him into jail Saturday for investigation of a long list of charges including: aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and more.
Utah State Court records show that in December 2010 Critchfield pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and obstruction of justice charges in connection with a domestic violence incident. A judge sentenced Critchfield to a prison term of 5 years, but suspended the punishment for a 120-day jail term and 3 years of probation.
Maybe this time he will get the punishment he deserves.
Historically, police and prosecutors have viewed domestic violence as a family problem, a private matter, or worse, as a “sexual miscommunication.”
According to a national study, 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in the United States. But the alarms ring softly…
Do you think there is something wrong with the way domestic violence cases are treated in the U.S.?