Northport man charged after woman found covered in blood

Posted Oct. 07, 2013, at 5:47 p.m.

NORTHPORT, Maine — A local man with a long criminal history was arrested again Friday night and charged in connection with an alleged attack on his live-in girlfriend.

Police came to the home of Michael Cunningham, 46, of Northport after the woman called at 9:20 p.m. to request an ambulance come get her because her head was bleeding. She told dispatchers that Cunningham had hit her and then had passed out on the kitchen table, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding officers found that he indeed was passed out and she was covered in blood, Trafton said. The woman told police that he had knocked her down, and wasn’t sure whether the gash in her head had occurred when he hit her or if she struck something falling down.

“She may have been knocked unconscious because he hit her pretty hard,” Trafton said.

Cunningham also allegedly threatened to kill the woman, according to police, who charged him with domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing. Trafton said Cunningham has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for assault, terrorizing and criminal threatening.

Cunningham was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. Jail officials said Monday that he remained in police custody and had been moved to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. His bail was adjusted Monday to $10,000 cash, according to a jail official.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

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