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Man charged in kidnapping, assault

James Harris

An area man is being charged with several felonies after he was reportedly involved in kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend.

James Harris, 28, of Park Hills, is being charged with a class B felony of kidnapping in the first degree, a class B felony of domestic assault in the first degree, a class D felony of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

According to a probable cause statement, on Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. a St. Francois County Sheriff’s deputy spoke with a woman in reference to an assault. She said on Feb. 16 Harris became mad that she had tried to leave a few weeks prior.

She told the deputy that Harris was hitting her and telling her it was her own fault. She said it continued through Feb. 19. Harris allegedly kicked the woman’s leg until she was unable to stand and repeatedly beat her about the head until she nearly lost consciousness.

The woman said Harris found her mom’s ring and forced her to swallow it, telling her that if she didn’t he would knock her teeth out. It was confirmed through X-rays that the woman had, in fact, swallowed the ring.

She also told the deputy that Harris used a glass perfume bottle the size of a baseball to hit her in the back of the head. He also allegedly pushed her into a corner and began choking her until she neared unconsciousness. He also reportedly dragged her around by her hair, hitting her with any object he could find.

The deputy saw pictures of the woman and noticed several bruises on her head and ear. The woman also told the deputy she was scheduled to have a procedure done to remove the ring. She also explained she was unable to call the police since Feb. 16 due to Harris not allowing her to leave the house.

She said every night she would start to fall asleep Harris would grab her by the hair and begin to drag her around the house. She said she finally convinced him to let her leave for work.

The woman said she went to work and convinced her employer to let her go to the hospital. She left the hospital and contacted authorities.

According to court documents, when the deputy arrested Harris he found marijuana and paraphernalia.

Harris reportedly asked if he could just be charged with the domestic assault but not a marijuana-related charge. The woman came home after Harris was arrested and gave consent to search the home.

Harris is a convicted felon and should not be in possession of a firearm. The deputy found one in the kitchen closet that the woman said Harris had placed there.

Harris was booked into the St. Francois County Jail on a $100,000 bond with the stipulation that upon his release he be monitored with GPS tracking.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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