Cleveland: Man arrested in brutal beating of girlfriend

11:46 AM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A man wanted in the brutal beating of his girlfriend has surrendered to police.

Cleveland police say Johnny D. Whitfield is being held in the Central Prison Unit.

Whitfield will be charged with Felonious Assault and will appear in court Monday, November 5th, 2012.

His girlfriend, Arela Leidy has been in a medically induced coma inside MetroHealth's Intensive Care Unit since last Friday.

That's when Cleveland Police believe her ex-boyfriend, Whitfield, 35, beat her over the head with a roofing hammer.

The 24-year-old woman has two small children with Whitfield and they had been living together. Family says there was no sign of domestic violence before this.

Whitfield called friends after the attack, who called EMS and police after they discovered Leidy's body in the bedroom.

The children, a four-year-old boy and two-year-old girl, are staying with relatives. Family says they were in another room at the time of the attack.

To see the family website, Click HERE 


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