Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com reports that yesterday Baylor basketball star LaceDarius Dunn turned himself into Waco authorities after being charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly punching his girlfriend, Lacharlesia Edwards, in the face and breaking her jaw.
The student BAYLOR LARIAT has details on the altercation from the arrest affidavit, which included emergency surgery for Edwards:
On Sept. 27 officers were called to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center to investigate an assault. A woman was suffering from a broken jaw, according to a public information release from Waco police.
The victim was suffering from two fractures to her jaw, according the arrest warrant affidavit. The fractures were described as a left mandibular angle fracture and right mandibular body fracture.
Emergency corrective surgery was completed to fix the victim’s jaw. An eight-hole plate with eight screws was used to repair the left side fracture and a six-hole plate with six screws was used to repair the right side fracture.
Louis Ojeda Jr. and John Cuoco of KXXV-TV in Waco added of the same arrest affidavit:
According to the arrest affidavit, she was spitting blood and couldn’t move her mouth. Emergency surgery was performed and two metal plates were inserted to stabilize her jaw.
Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS also noted that authorities claimed in the arrest affidavit that Edwards told attending police officers that Dunn had assaulted her:
According to the police report, she told officers that she and Dunn had gotten into an argument when Dunn allegedly punched her in the face.
Despite the report from Waco police, the alleged victim’s father Charles Edwards told Goodman that the incident was one, big misunderstanding and that Dunn had “accidentally” broken his daughter’s jaw.
“She said it was an accident,” Charles Edwards told FOXSports.com. “She said she sneaked up on him in the dark and he hit her by mistake. It wasn’t a fight at all.”
Waco authorities apparently didn’t agree with Charles Edwards’s assessment, yesterday charging Dunn with felony aggravated assault and imposing $12,500 bond.
Today, alleged victim Edwards, who has a three-year-old child with Dunn, released a statement claiming she was never struck by Dunn, accident or otherwise, and did not have a broken jaw - as reported in the police affidavit:
“My family and I are deeply disturbed about the misinformation and half truths that are being reported by media regarding the incident with my boyfriend (LaceDarius Dunn). He has never struck me during our long term relationship.
“What happened on the night of September 27 was an accident and I went to the hospital for precautionary reasons. I never expressed any interest in pressing charges nor will I in the future press charges on this incident.
“I am fine and my jaw is not broken as is being reported. My family and I wish to put this situation behind us. Lace and I will continue our relationship and raising our son in a good environment. I respectfully request that the District Attorney’s Office dismiss these charges, and further request that Baylor University lift their suspension.”
Following the felony assault charge against Dunn, Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew said in a statement “LaceDarius Dunn has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities.”