Des Moines Man Accused of Beating Girlfriend with Hammer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man used a hammer to beat his girlfriend at a Des Moines apartment.

The Des Moines Register reports that officers were sent to the apartment a little before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. They say they found a woman with blood on her face and right hand.

She reported that she and her boyfriend had been arguing Wednesday and into Thursday when their dispute turned violent. She says he choked her and used the hammer to hit her several times.

Officers say the man had fled the apartment before they arrived. No arrest has been reported.

The woman was taken to a hospital.
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