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Columbia man charged in domestic assault

A Columbia man is facing charges Monday after reportedly torturing a woman.

David Hatton, Jr., 48, was charged with kidnapping and first degree domestic assault.

Although Hatton was charged with kidnapping, no one was abducted Columbia police said. Officers responded to a report of a domestic assault on Ammonette Street around 9:30 p.m. Friday that was much more serious than they typically deal with, police said.

The victim told police Hatton beat and strangled her, according to court documents. Hatton also reportedly used a stun gun on the woman’s arms and legs multiple times.

Hatton bound the woman’s arms and legs in zip ties, took her downstairs and put her on a tarp, court documents said. Hatton reportedly put a trash bag over her head and held it until she could not breathe.

The woman broke free from the zip ties. But Hatton restrained her again, this time in handcuffs. Hatton told the woman he was going to pull out her teeth with a pair of pliers. The woman told police she begged Hatton not to kill her.

Hatter later admitted using a stun gun, zip ties, hand cuffs and duct tape to Columbia police.

Despite her injuries, police said the victim was not taken to the hospital.

Court documents said Hatton poses a danger to the community because he had two prior convictions of unlawful use of a weapon and assault. Hatton attacked the woman at a home where four children live.

Hatton is being held in the Boone County Jail without bond. He is set to appear in court September 9.

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