Edgecomb pleads not guilty to assault charges

Donelle Pardee Whiting

Michael E. Edgecomb, 32, 103 Sterling, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of 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.

He was arrested March 3 after he allegedly threw a 17-month-old about 10 feet across the room and hit his pregnant girlfriend.

Edgecomb, who is a registered sex offender is also accused of hitting a 46-year-old man who was at the residence.

In 1996, he was convicted for criminal sexual abuse/bodily harm involving a 14-year-old when he was 20-years-old.

According to police reports, the victims, whose identities were withheld by police, said Edgecomb tossed the child 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.

Edgecomb remains in custody at Tazewell County Justice Center on $150,000 bond.

His pretrial hearing will be at 10:30 a.m. April 18, followed by a jury trial at 10:30 a.m. May 5.