An Oregon man has been arrested for assaulting both his wife and his 7-month-old son; he allegedly attack the former for under-seasoning a chicken.
Police detained Jeremiah Crothers, 34, on Jan. 17 after he'd fled his home the previous night, WGHP reports.
According to KATU, the Columbia County resident is said to have smothered his 7-month-old son early on Jan. 16. He covered both the mouth and the nose of the young child until his legs went blue, at which point his wife hit him atop the head with a frying pan. The blow caused him to release the boy.
Court documents state that Crothers plunged his wife's hand into boiling cooking oil later that evening. He reportedly did it because she failed to season the chicken that she was cooking for dinner.
By the time police arrived on the scene, the attacker had reportedly already vacated the residence.
Crothers was found the following morning in St. Helens, Oregon, and was charged with strangulation, assault, coercion, attempted assault and attempted murder. His bond is set at $217,750.
Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said the allegations in Crothers' case was "alarming" even among similar cases.
"Domestic violence is a scourge that our deputies frequently encounter," Dickerson said in a statement to the press. "Fortunately, we were able to find the suspect in a timely manner and put a stop to the violence, and give this mom and child a chance to survive."
Crothers has a history of attacking his family, according to court documents. He is reported to have threatened his wife with knives at one point in their relationship.
The Oregonian details court reports of other abuse.
On Jan. 14, Crothers' wife says that he threw her against the wall while she was holding their son, causing the baby to hit his head. She also says that after the boiling oil incident, he prevented her from cooling off her hand and told her to "stop playing the victim."
When police arrived to the home, the woman reportedly answered the door holding a knife, fearing her husband had come back to harm or kill her.
The affidavit states that she had burn marks on her hand and that the baby showed signs of strangulation and bruising. His left templewas also swollen.
The woman was taken to an undisclosed safe location, while the baby was admitted to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Crothers denies the allegations, according to the affidavit.