Belfast woman accused of assaulting boyfriend

Posted Feb. 26, 2010, at 10:15 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A local woman was arrested and charged with domestic assault Thursday night.

Ashleigh N. Gibbs, 20, allegedly assaulted her live-in boyfriend, Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton said Friday.

“It was one of those very difficult ones,” he said. “They both had scratches. Both had bruises. It was one of those cases of who’s telling the truth.”

Gibbs, who weighs 89 pounds, had gone to the Police Department late Thursday to report she had been assaulted at her home. When Officer Wendall Ward investigated, he found that Gibbs’ boyfriend had her handprints on his throat, and an eyewitness told Ward that Gibbs had instigated the violence.

“It was two against one,” Trafton said. “They determined she was the primary aggressor.”

Neither party needed medical assistance, he said, and police have sent a report to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services regarding the couple’s child. The report is mandated anytime there is a domestic assault in a home, he said.

“The child was fine,” Trafton said.

Gibbs was taken from the Police Department to Waldo County Jail, where she was booked and then immediately released on bail.

Her mother and stepfather have expressed their anger over the situation to police officials, Trafton said, adding that he was busy with the case all day Friday.

“We have to go on what we’re being told, and what we can see,” he said. “We have to go by what’s happened. She may have been the victim 10 times before. We don’t know. That’s basically what the family is angry about.”

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