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Man attacks sleeping girlfriend, slams her face against the floor

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Feb 25 2013 09:15:50 PM CST
LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. -

A man attacked his sleeping girlfriend and repeatedly slammed her face against the floor when she fell out of bed, officials said.

Jason L. Howell pulled the woman out of bed onto the floor after walking into his two-story farm house in the 7000 block of Franklin Hill Road in Lower Mount Bethel Twp., Northampton Co., at about 4 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

Howell hit the woman in the face and ribs with a closed fist, and when she tried to call 911, Howell kicked her, officials said, adding that when the woman ran into her daughter's bedroom, Howell pulled the woman off the bed and started slamming her face against the floor.

Howell, 39, was arraigned on assault and harassment charges and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. March 4.