Man Accused of Violent Hammer Attack


Arela Leidy (Photo Credit: Arela Leidy’s Facebook page)

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CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland man has been arrested in connection to a brutal attack against the mother of his children, Fox 8 News reports.

Cleveland police say Johnny Douglas Whitfield, 35, was arrested Friday morning on accusations that he struck Arela Leidy several times in the head with a hammer as their two children slept in a nearby room.

Whitfield, police say, then fled the scene in Leidy's car, which officers later recovered.

Cleveland police had been looking for Whitfield ever since the alleged attack on the evening of October 25.

Leidy's family told Fox 8 News that the couple had been broken up for two years, but still lived in the same home together for the sake of their children.

Relatives also said they believed Whitfield attacked Leidy when she was sleeping.

Leidy is in a medically-induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital.

Whitfield was charged with felonious assault and was being held in Cleveland's Central Prison Unit.

Further details were not immediately released by Cleveland police.

Stick with Fox 8 News and for updates on this story as they become available.

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