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Assault suspect arrested

Sunday, March 30, 2008

SIKESTON -- A man wanted for a "brutal attack" on his Sikeston girlfriend turned himself into authorities Friday.

Montia Lamont McCauley, 36, of Charleston turned himself in at the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 4:45 p.m. Friday. McCauley had been sought since Thursday by Sikeston DPS for the assault on Dorethen Saxton, 25, according to Capt. John Martin of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Charges of first degree domestic assault with serious physical injury, two counts of first degree assault, one count of first degree burglary and three counts of armed criminal action were filed by Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd against McCauley. Bond is set at $200,000 cash.

The search for McCauley began at approximately 10:55 p.m. Thursday when officers responded to a report of an assault on Ruth Street, according to a Friday news release from DPS.

Upon arriving, officers located Saxton who appeared to have suffered severe head trauma and a broken right arm while in the rear bedroom. According to the news release, there was a large amount of blood on the bedroom floor and what appeared to be signs of a struggle.

Investigators learned that Saxton's boyfriend, McCauley, had allegedly assaulted her with an aluminum baseball bat. During this assault, he also reportedly struck her 11-year-old daughter in the arm.

Saxton's other two children, ages 5 and 6, were also in the home and witnessed what the press release describes as a "brutal attack" on their mother.

As McCauley reportedly fled the area on foot, the area was searched and a message sent to area law enforcement agencies.

Saxton was first transported by ambulance to Missouri Delta Medical Center for what DPS officials described as "extensive injuries" and then taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau where she is reported in critical condition.

Those with any information regarding this incident are asked to contact DPS at 471-1500. All communications can be kept confidential.