Washington man arrested on charges of child abuse, battery

Donelle Whiting

Washington police arrested a local man after responding to a domestic dispute call March 3 at 109 N. High St., Apt. B.

According to police reports, Michael E. Edgecomb, 32, 103 Sterling, was arrested after he allegedly threw a 17-month-old about 10 feet across the room and hit his pregnant girlfriend.

He faces arraignment April 3 on two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery, one count of endangering the life and health of a child and one count of aggravated assault of a police officer.

As of last night, Edgecomb was still in custody at the Tazewell County Justice Center in Pekin on $150,000 bond.

According to reports, police were called to the North High Street apartment about 5 p.m. Monday.

A 46-year-old man and Edgecomb’s 21-year-old girlfriend reported that Edgecomb assaulted them.

The victims, whose identities were withheld by police, also told authorities about the child being tossed to the woman, who reportedly caught the baby while sitting on the couch.

Edgecomb’s girlfriend, and mother of the child, reported that Edgecomb became angry while holding the child.

According to police reports, Edgecomb, the baby’s father, hit the woman in the face, knocking off her glasses, after tossing the child.

The man told police Edgecomb threw a phone at and punched him. Edgecomb and the man had been drinking earlier that day, according to reports.

Police said when they attempted to arrest Edgecomb, he repeatedly swung his head backwards in an attempt to injure one of them.

At the police station, Edgecomb reportedly told an officer he had AIDS, then spit in the officer’s face. The officer was taken to a hospital for an AIDS test, which was negative.

The two victims were treated at the apartment, but refused transport to a hospital.