Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mississippi man charged with raping pregnant wife, beating child

An Ocean Springs, MS man accused of raping his 35 week pregnant wife and beating his 9 month old daughter was being held on $850,000 bond by Pascagoula County Judge Larry Wilson with strict orders not to contact the victims, either directly or indirectly.

27 year old Jason Dennis Vaughn was formally charged with felony capital offense rape and domestic violence assault on his wife and felony child abuse of his 9 month old daughter by punching her. The rape bond was set at half a million dollars, the aggravated assault bond was set at $250,000 and the child abuse bond was set at $100,000.

The woman said she wasn’t able to call for help right away because her husband wouldn’t allow it. She told investigators she would’ve gone to her neighbors for help but couldn’t because they were her husband’s relatives.

Sheriff Byrd said Vaughn was charged with felony rape for allegedly sexually assaulting his wife. In addition, he’s accused of punching the couple’s 9-month-old daughter.

Also investigating the child abuse allegations are officials with the state Department of Human Services. The couple’s child was turned over the care of her great-grandmother pending the mother’s recovery.

"If you're able to make bond, you have to stay out of trouble, and you have to stay away from (the victim and the child.) You're to have no contact. Let your lawyer handle all of that. You should not e-mail them, text them, call them on the phone or have a family member contact them. Let your lawyer handle it. You're to have no contact with them as a part of your bond."

Ocean Springs Hospital reported the victim's split lip, black eye, and stomach bruises when Vaughn brought the victims there early Sunday, August 23. The rape charges carry a maximum life sentence.

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