Portage man pleads guilty to striking woman, child

2013-07-09T17:02:00Z 2013-07-09T21:20:35Z Portage man pleads guilty to striking woman, childBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A Portage man pleaded guilty Tuesday to striking his girlfriend and baby earlier this year, and then struggling with police as they took him into custody.

Troy Worthington, 34, faces a seven-year sentence if the proposed plea agreement is accepted Aug. 20 by Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper.

Worthington pleaded guilty to felony counts of battery, domestic battery and strangulation, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.

A woman told police Worthington pushed her to the floor Jan. 11, then gave her the baby to feed. She told police when she went to a bedroom to sit on a bed to feed the baby, Worthington climbed onto the bed, sat on her, the began to slap her and choke her. She said he hit the baby while he was beating her. He also threatened to kill her.

Police said the woman had bruising, cuts and lumps on her face and head. The baby reportedly had a laceration near his eye and a lump on his forehead.

Police said Worthington was found hiding under the bottom bunk of a bunk bed at the home in the 300 block of Camelot Estates. Police said he refused to come out, so an officer had to pull him out by his arm as he violently resisted.

Another man in the home told police that he and Worthington together drank 22 beers and a half pint of vodka. He said Worthington began to argue with the woman over a pound of hamburger.

The strangulation charge stems from a May 8, 2102, incident, according to the court.

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