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Lakewood woman in critical condition after assault

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2012 at 9:06 am |
August 7, 2012 10:42 am

A 41-year-old Lakewood woman remains in critical condition a week after authorities say her boyfriend assaulted her in the motel room where they lived.

Lester Mathison, 62, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault Monday during his arraignment. Pierce County Commissioner Craig Adams set his bail at $250,000 and ordered Mathison not to have contact with the victim.

She remains on a ventilator at St. Joseph Medical Center after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in her head. Authorities said they’re not sure if the victim will survive her injuries.

In addition to the blood clot, she also suffered multiple bruises on her legs, arms, right shoulder and above both eyes.

The attack happened Wednesday at La Casa Motel, 12801 Pacific Highway S.W.

According to charging papers:

Mathison called the victim’s mom to say he couldn’t wake her up. When the victim’s mother arrived, she found her daughter naked on the floor covered with a sheet. She was lying in a pool of urine, had blood under her nose and appeared to be foaming at the mouth.

Mathison told police he head-butted the victim and punched and kicked her during a fight.

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