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Man accused of putting cigarette out on mother's face

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
A Harlan County man faces several charges.  Police say he put a cigarette out on his mother

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan County man faces several charges. Police say he put a cigarette out on his mother's face. State police tell us 23-year-old David Miniard even threatened troopers.

Miniard talked to WYMT in a jailhouse interview.

Miniard says he got into an argument with his mother at their home in Dayhoit on Sunday.

"Physically assaulted her and put a cigarette out on her face," said Lt. Jason Adams with Kentucky State Police.

"I'm really sorry. I wasn't trying to burn her. I really wasn't," Miniard said.

State police say once they arrived on scene, they arrested and charged him with assault.

"At which time he became very combative in the back of the cruiser," said Lt. Adams.

"I ran out of the car. I jumped out of the car. They opened the door," Miniard said.

State police say Miniard threatened to kill the troopers and his mother. Troopers say he continued screaming and resisting arrest so they tazed him. Troopers took him to the hospital at Harlan ARH where they say he continued making threats.

"Was allegedly threatening troopers, hospital staff, and his mother," said Lt. Adams.

The arrest citation says Miniard even broke a wheelchair at the hospital.

Miniard's mother declined to comment.

Miniard says he regrets some of his behavior.

"I wish I hadn't jumped out of the car," he said. He also apologized to his mother. "Mom, I love you," he said.

In addition to assault, Miniard faces charges of escape, fleeing and evading, disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, and criminal mischief.

Jail records show his bond is $7,500.


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