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St. Albans man charged with child abuse, malicious wounding

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Jay Hamlin - Arrested for malicious wounding and child neglect creating risk of injury Jay Hamlin - Arrested for malicious wounding and child neglect creating risk of injury

A Saint Albans man was charged with malicious wounding and child abuse, according to court documents obtained from Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Officers arrested Jay Christopher Hamlin at a house in Saint Albans Monday evening. Police responded to a call they received about a domestic violence incident.  Upon arriving on scene, police found a woman lying on the couch, bleeding from her mouth and hand, according to a criminal complaint.

When the woman was taken to the hospital, she told officers that Hamlin, the father of their child, had punched her in the face and slammed their daughter into the wall.

Officers noticed a shoe print on the woman's face. Doctors told police that a bone was fractured in her face and she would need surgery.

Hamlin's sister-in-law, who asked to remain anonymous, said Hamlin, his girlfriend, and her two children were staying at her house in Saint Albans.

His sister-in-law claimed that Hamlin served in Iraq for several years and suffers from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Ever since he come home he haven't been right," she said.

The relative told 13NEWS Hamlin is not the type to hurt children, but it could have happened.

"On an accident, it's possible," she said, adding that her own two sons were home at the time when the drama unfurled.

"I don't think any child should ever see anything like that. They're children, they're innocent children."

Hamlin was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond. Hamlin and his girlfriend's two children are currently staying with relatives.