Baker Man Charged with Aggravated Battery and Burglary

A Baker woman who says she left her home November 16th to escape her abusive boyfriend says he showed up at a house where she was staying early Monday morning and beat her with a stick.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 26-year old Joseph Fleming with two counts of aggravated battery with a weapon and burglary.

25-year old Jadian Hatfield says Fleming repeatedly grabbed, pushed and slapped her at their home on Highway 189 in Baker on
November 16th.

She left and went to stay with a friend on Pickens Circle.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Hatfield says Fleming forced his way into the house and began hitting her and her friend on their heads with a stick.

Hatfield was taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center where she was treated and released. Deputies say along an injury to her head, her body was also covered with contusions on both legs, around her waist line, on her torso and both arms.

Deputies also charged 31-year old Athena Jeanell Griffith of Crestview with battery and burglary.

They say Griffith went to the Pickens Circle home with Fleming and hit Hatfield in the upper chest and neck area.

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