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Arrest warrant issued for Stone County man after beating of woman

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Stone County man charged with the beating of a woman on Misenheimer Road.

A woman came into the Stone County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, June 20, to report a physical assault against her, according to information filed with the Stone County Circuit Court.

She told authorities that she had been given a ride to a residence on Misenheimer Road to meet a friend who had yet to arrive. As she was waiting in the driveway, a vehicle approached with the suspect, 39-year-old Philip Travis Baugh, getting out and into a verbal altercation with her which turned physical.

Baugh is accused of striking the woman in the face. She ran to the residence and onto the porch where she was struck multiple times in the face by Baugh.  The victim told authorities that Baugh then took two prescribed medications from her purse and threw the purse and its remaining contents all over the yard. Baugh then got back into the vehicle, driven by an unknown female, and left the scene.

The victim told authorities the incident occurred on June 14 after which she sought medical treatment at the Stone County Medical Center. Investigator Brad Breeding said the victim did not want to report the incident because she said she was scared of Baugh and feared he may find and hurt her again.  She said she thought about reporting the attack for a few days before a relative brought her to the sheriff’s office. The judge also placed a no contact order on Baugh. The order said Baugh is ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, by person, telephone, mail, or any other means with the victim or her immediate family and that a violation will subject Baugh to immediate arrest and detention.  It went on to say that any law enforcement officer having reasonable cause to believe that the no contact order has been violated is ordered by the court to immediately detain the defendant (Baugh) to be brought before the court.

The order said it has been issued pursuant to Arkansas Law, Arkansas Code Annotated 5-71-208, and will remain in effect until it is modified or dismissed.

Baugh’s bond in order to be released from jail was set at $25,000.

Prosecutors are asking for the sentencing on Baugh, if found guilty in court, to be under the Habitual Offender Act, having been convicted of three previous felonies, according to the court documents. One of those felonies was in 2009 in Taney County, Mo., with a conviction on a second degree domestic assault charge.  He was sentenced to five years confinement.

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