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UPDATE: Charges dropped against man accused of beating girlfriend and injecting her with meth

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Published: Dec. 26, 2017 at 12:11 PM EST
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UPDATE 1/4/17 @ 4:25 p.m.

Charges have been dropped against a man who police say beat his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat and injected her with methampetamine.

Kyle Stowers was in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

The woman was 37 weeks pregnant when it happened at a home in Charleston.

Although the charges are dropped, they will still be reviewed and Stowers may be indicted by a grand jury.


UPDATE 12/26/17 @ 5:39 p.m.

A man is in jail after police say he beat his pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat and injected her with methamphetamine.

The woman was 37 weeks pregnant when it happened at a home in Charleston.

The home off Coral Drive in Charleston is where police say Kyle Stowers beat his girlfriend.

“Typically one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime which is a terrible statistic in and of itself,” explained Jennifer Goddard with the YWCA in Charleston.

According to the victim’s statement, Stowers struck her with a wooden baseball bat in the legs.

Police say he beat her in the head, face and torso as well. In addition to the abuse, the victim said that Stowers injected her in the arm with methamphetamine.

“So they may leave, and then go back. There are so many factors that weigh against people when they're trying to leave,” described Goddard.

Advocates for victims of domestic violence warn that when a woman decides to leave is the most dangerous time in a relationship. Computer activity can be monitored and tracked. They advise creating a plan that includes setting aside money, telling someone about your situation, creating a signal or code that you need help and keeping any evidence of physical abuse.

“Often it takes up to seven times for someone to leave their abuser,” Goddard said.

It’s unclear the condition of the woman and her unborn child in this situation. But Kyle Stowers is behind bars facing the potential for 10 years in jail if given the maximum sentence.

His bail was set at $10,000 cash only.


ORIGINAL STORY 12/26/17

A man is in jail after police say he beat his pregnant girlfriend then injected her with methamphetamine.

Kyle Stowers, 21, is charged with malicious wounding.

Charleston Police say Stowers hit his girlfriend multiple times in the head, face and torso causing bruises, cuts, swelling and severe pain.

The incident happened Dec. 21 at a home on Coral Drive.

The woman says Stowers also took a wooden baseball bat to her legs.

Police also say the woman told them Stowers injected meth into her right arm. The woman added Stowers “left her for dead” and ran.

Law enforcement reports the victim was 37 weeks pregnant at the time of the situation.

Stowers was placed in South Central Regional Jail.