Charges filed against Jeremy Baumhower - what we know and what we don't know

One of the area's biggest bloggers, Jeremy Baumhower, was charged with domestic violence just over a week ago. There has not been much written about it, so here is a chance to clear the air and I will keep this thread up-to-date with the latest.

It is clear that Jeremy and his wife Shannon were having problems and some of the history has been revealed by Jeremy's mom this morning as well as the police report filed by Shannon on 11/3.

In an email message to me directly several days ago about some posts on this site, Jeremy said he could not tell his side of the story due to his case but that anyone saying he beat his wife was "libelous."

Divorces can be messy, and both sides usually do things that are a little to dramatic as it plays out. There is a lot of "he said" and "she said" at this point, so it is hard to know where the truth lies in between.

Regardless, many people regret going through a divorce, and it is never a good solution. Things can still be worked out, including if what was alleged happened. Let's hope that calmer thoughts prevail, and things can be worked out. There are lots of great marriage programs including The Art of Marriage that I would *highly recommend* if they consider working it out, including their apparent situation.

Update 11/19 added link to last paragraph and added some more detail.

Update July, 2016 - Jeremy was found guilty - he is appealing.

Update October, 2016 - Case is closed

http://courtsvr.sylvaniacourt.com/cgi-bin/mdocket.cgi?pre=CRB&num=150223...

Official entry is:

08/26/2016
CASE SET FOR A SENT PROBATION ON 10/21/2016 AT 8:30 AM
PSI DATE SET: 09/26/2016 ;SENTENCE DATE SET: 10/21/2016

10/21/2016
CRIMINAL COSTS $ 98.00
FINE AMOUNT $ 400.00
PROBATION FEE50.00
COMMUNITY SERVICE FEE $15.00
PAYMENT - RECEIPT NO. 1617121 IN THE AMOUNT OF $ 15.00
PAYMENT - RECEIPT NO. 1617122 IN THE AMOUNT OF $ 605.75
IN LIEU OF 3 DAYS IN JAIL DEFENDANT IS TO DO 10 DAYS EMU
DEF. PLED GUILTY, FOUND G, FINE 400.00, SUSP .00
COSTS 155.75, SUSP .00
JAIL 93, SUSP 90, CREDIT
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
DAYS SUSP ON CONDS 1) NO CRIMINAL OFFENSE NEXT 5 YEARS
2) COMPS PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING 3) COMPS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
COUNSELING 4) COMPLS 80 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE 5) NO
CONTACT WITH VICTIM DURING 5 YEAR PROBATION PERIOD

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Jeremy said he could not tell his side of the story due to his case but that anyone saying he beat his wife was "libelous."

I'm sure he believes that, but when I merely repeat from a police report that he beat his wife, it's not libel* at all. It's based on a direct pubic record for which there's no current legal refutation. Now, if he was later cleared of the charge, then it would be libel AFTER that point. But the previous statement was made legally.

I'm sure the esteemed Mr Baumhower believes that scare tactics against the population work for him, but not against men who know the law, and in fact people who don't find a little wife-beating pusswad like him threatening at all.

Anyway, the police report mentions that Shannon Baumhower said she "bit" Mr Baumhower on the hand. That's important evidence one way or another; if he has such a bite mark then it means his hand was on her face at some point, hence he was probably assaulting her. If there's no such bite mark then it suggests that Mr Baumhower's statement (by implication that his wife is lying) is probably true. At this point I expect the City of Sylvania detective in charge of the investigation to make that determination.

* Libel is written defamation; spoken defamation is 'slander'.

The bite mark is important evidence, as you say, but it only tends to support the claim that his hand was over her face; it's not conclusive.

What I found interesting is that the police report failed to note signs of a struggle and bruises or abrasions on the victim. Likewise, that violent impact on the skull would mean a concussion was extremely likely and the victim should immediately go to the ER to be examined. She should not drive herself.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

something does not add up. It is too easy for someone to claim abuse as a way to get back at someone, we have seen it in the past. But at this point, I don't know who to believe, but some things have become clear.

A bite mark would be conclusive enough to get over reasonable doubt... given that the police report shows that Mr Baumhower told police things about the incident, and that this is the only thing he really said about the matter:

"[H]e was woke up from a nap with her yelling at him. Jeremy said he could see her escalating, so he left."

Note that if she had actually hurt him, by lunging at his hand to bite it or something, then it's reasonable to assume he'd mention it. But he didn't.

Naturally, if there's a trial, more evidence may come to light. But if I were a juror and the police report (which contains statements by both parties) was the only verbal evidence, then combined with the proposed evidence of a bite mark on his hand, I'd say he was guilty of domestic violence beyond reasonable doubt. He clearly had his hand on her face, whereas he claimed he simply left the area. Those things don't match.

As for the marks on the woman, the police report notes the following violent contacts on her:

1. His forearm on her throat, lifting her.
2. She fell to the floor.
3. He grabbed the front of her shirt.
4. She was "slammed" to the floor.
5. The back of her head hit the floor.

In my experience it's possible to have all that happen and not show a mark at all. Even the forearm to the throat would leave a red area (on White skin, which I assume she has) that would quickly fade; or the victim rubs the area which turns it a uniform darker color, hence looks unmarked. We also don't know how she landed on the floor both times, and the severity of the head impact could be easily overstated. I myself have sustained a few head impacts that seemed quite jarring and yet I sported no visible wounds from them.

In short it's quite possible to "rough up" your wife and leave her shaken but otherwise unharmed. But it's still domestic violence, to wit:

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2919.25

"No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member."

You'd have to go beyond that, punching her in the face, slamming her head against hard objects like furniture, etc., in order to leave clear marks. Generally that involves hard edges, like wood and bone, slammed into flesh. Forearms and bedroom floors aren't hard edges; fists, glass mirrors, stone floors and wood furniture, offer hard edges.

I myself have sustained a few head impacts that seemed quite jarring and yet I sported no visible wounds from them.

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My point is that the police report did not mention any other evidence at all to support her claim about domestic violence. There should have been something, such as torn clothing, scrapes, broken furnishings - something to indicate a struggle took place. Then there's the bite mark.

So far as we know, no one has checked for a bite mark. The mark is kind of important, given the lack of any other evidence.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

I would think based on the description there would be at least a red mark or bruising on her neck.

In these type of disputes there tends to be exaggeration on both sides. I do believe he assaulted her but maybe not as violently as the report indicates.

Edit: also location and orientation of the bite mark is important.

MikeyA

According to a poster at TT, Shannon Baumhower posted on Facebook that she moved out
of the house with the Sylvania PD help and is seeking a divorce. SHE posted this on HER
Facebook account.
http://hickeyleaks.org/2015/11/17/hickey-leaks/
This link said Baumhower and Hickey were screwing the same teacher. I see now the connection between the two and why Baumhower was Hickey's attack dog. Maybe they were doing one of those ménage à trois. More and more comes out about these frauds.

Hope I didn't offend anyone!

see that site and I did get the report there, but there are too many questions on some of the things on that site that I did not want to link to it.

You seem to have no grudge, no preconceived positions. As usual, you do your research, and base your positions on factual evidence.

Dunno what happened, since I forgot to attend his hearing on Nov 23rd, but Baumhower's court record shows instead of a pre-trial hearing on that day, he's got 'another' pre-trial hearing on Jan 15th. Maybe he got a continuance.

finally been resolved and case is now closed. Update above.

I could not find it. Could you repeat it for me and others who are as technologically challenged as I am? (Make it an easy link, please.)

the part that says: "Update October, 2016 - Case is closed"

OK...I think I get it now...the original post was pending, and now it is finally adjudicated. Right?

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