Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 17, 2014

Trooper seeks arrest warrants for two in domestic assault

RAYSAL — State police will be seeking arrest warrants today for a McDowell County man and his daughter on charges related to an assault on the man’s wife, according to Trooper C.A. Dunn, of the Welch Detachment, West Virginia State Police.

According to Dunn, the victim, a 35-year-old female, was transported to Welch Community Hospital late Thursday night suffering from a deep laceration on her forehead, an injury to her nose, and a serious injury to her hand.

“I received a call about the injuries to the victim at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13,” Dunn said. “An EMS crew with the McDowell County Ambulance Authority arrived at the hospital with the victim at about 10:42 p.m. and I met them there at 10:52 p.m.,” Dunn said.

“I took digital photographs of the laceration on her head,” Dunn said. “In a recorded statement she said that her stepdaughter, struck her in the head with a ceramic angel. She said that her husband struck her in the head with the ceramic angel and when she attempted to deflect the blow, he hit her hand, seriously injuring one of her fingers.

“The victim stated that her husband, Thomas Cook Jr., 44, attempted to hit her with a crutch, then closed his fist and struck her in the nose,” Dunn said.

Dunn said he will ask a McDowell County magistrate for arrest warrants for both Thomas Cook Jr., as well as the victim’s stepdaughter, Stephanie Cook, age 20, both of Raysal. He said he intends to seek felony warrants for one count each of felony unlawful wounding naming both Thomas and Stephanie Cook, as well as misdemeanor domestic battery and domestic assault also naming both Cooks.

Dunn said that the victim was staying with another family member.

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