Friday, September 06, 2002

MS victim says she was beaten by spouse

He faces assault, neglect charges

By Sheila McLaughlin,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A Mason woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis was taken from her home on Olympia Drive by relatives who told police she had been beaten and neglected by the husband who was supposed to be her caretaker.

        Following a grand jury indictment this week, Thomas Spangler, 50, faces charges of felony assault and misdemeanor failure to provide for a functionally impaired person.

        He could be sent to prison for up to 18 months if convicted.

        A Mason police report said Karen Spangler, who has trouble speaking because of her illness, had black eyes and bruises on her face when a sister-in-law called police July 28 for help in getting Mrs. Spangler out of the house.

        “Through a series of yes-or-no questions, it was learned that he had hit her last week sometime in the bathroom. Karen did not say anything because she was afraid of her husband,” Officer Theodore Spears wrote in his report.

        The sister-in-law also reported that the abuse had escalated as Mrs. Spangler's condition worsened.

        Mrs. Spangler's relatives, who are now caring for her, declined comment.

        Mason officers initially arrested Mr. Spangler on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, but continued the investigation at the urging of prosecutors to determine if more charges were warranted.


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