Abuse report sparks arrest | TheUnion.com

Abuse report sparks arrest

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Penn Valley man Monday for allegedly severely beating his wife and threatening to kill their 19-month-old infant and their unborn child.

Freddy Quintana, 24, was booked on charges of inflicting corporal injuries to a spouse or cohabitant, false imprisonment, threatening a crime, exhibiting a deadly weapon and cruelty to animals.

Investigators became aware of the alleged crimes after Quintana called the department to report that his wife had been kidnapped at 6:05 p.m. Monday. He told dispatchers that three people took his wife in a van and left.

“She was not kidnapped,” Lt. Tom Carrington said. “She was taken to the hospital.”

Carrington said that the woman’s friends had picked her up, despite Quintana’s efforts to allegedly keep her inside the house by bolting all of the windows shut.

The victim told deputies that over the past several days, Quintana threatened to kill the couple’s unborn child and held up a knife and a gun to the victim’s stomach, Carrington said.

Monday, the victim found a methamphetamine pipe in her 19-month-old’s shoe and confronted Quintana because she knew he was a meth user, according to the sheriff’s department. That is what reportedly started the fight, and Quintana allegedly head-butted her.

“He made some threats toward killing the child,” Carrington said

Inside the home, deputies found broken glass and other debris. In a separate outhouse, two malnourished dogs were found.

“The dogs are being taken care of; they will be OK,” Carrington said.

The woman was treated at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with injuries to her head, arms and shoulders.

Quintana’s bail was set at $25,000.

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