Man Charged in Vicious Baseball Bat Attack

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Authorities are trying to find the motive for a vicious baseball bat attack that left a woman with serious head injuries.

According to Willoughby Detective Lieutenant Tom Trem, on Tuesday officers responded to the LakeWest Hospital ER after receiving a report that a 23-year-old woman had been beaten in the head with a baseball bat.

Through their investigation officers learned that the woman had allegedly been struck several times with the bat by Thomas Barker, 24, of South Beachview Road.

The victim was able to communicate to police that she reportedly had gone to Barker’s home to visit his mother, with whom she is friends, according to Trem.

The victim told police that Barker answered the door and was acting strange. She was invited inside by Barker, and at some point during her visit he went upstairs and grabbed a baseball bat.

Trem says the victim told police that Barker returned downstairs and began striking her with the bat.

The victim ran from the home and Baker followed her outside, striking her further until a person in the area stepped in and stopped the assault. The Good Samaritan then drove the victim to the hospital.

The victim was later LifeFlighted to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious head injuries, where she is currently listed in stable condition, according to Trem.

Police arrested Barker at his residence and charged him with several crimes, including felonious assault.

He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing date set for May 2, 2012 in Willoughby Municipal Court.

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