Luverne man charged with domestic assault after reportedly grabbing wife by the neck
Local law enforcement received a report of domestic assault on June 30.
LUVERNE — A Luverne resident has been charged with a felony-level count of domestic assault by strangulation, as well as a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.
Deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 700 block of North McKenzie on June 30 for a report of domestic assault. Once on scene, they spoke with the victim, who stated Dean Edward Baker, 45, had grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into the garage. Prior to the incident, the victim stated that both she and Baker had been drinking and had gotten into an argument.
The victim stated she and Baker had arguments in the past, some of which had required the involvement of law enforcement, but that Baker had never physically assaulted her before that night.
A second deputy spoke with Baker, who said he and the victim had argued earlier. According to the report, Baker stated some pushing had occurred and that the victim pushed his bike over. At that point, Baker reportedly grabbed the victim by the throat and pushed her back.
The deputy noted the scent of alcohol coming from Baker. When asked how much alcohol he’d consumed that night, Baker said he’d had between three and four beers.
Baker was arrested and transported to Nobles County Jail. His bail was set at $10,000 with conditions, and he has been scheduled to appear in court on July 11 for his initial appearance.
If convicted, Baker faces a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both for the felony domestic assault charge. The misdemeanor domestic assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .