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Woman beaten with bat; boyfriend charged

Posted August 4, 2008 11:37 a.m. EDT

— A Durham man has been charged beating his girlfriend with a baseball bat, police said Monday.

Jamarlle Lynn, 24, was found beaten in her apartment at 5224-D Penrith Drive Friday afternoon, police said. She suffered serious head and arm injuries and was in stable condition Monday at Duke University Hospital, police said.

Roger Dertease Byrd, 22, of the same address, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdemeanor child abuse. The latter charge was filed because the couple's 2-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time of the assault, police said.

Byrd was being held Monday in the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond.