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Police: West Branch man arrested after woman found severely beaten

WEST BRANCH — Authorities say a West Branch man assaulted a woman, causing a brain bleed, injuries to her spleen and liver and a possible broken jaw and broken teeth.

Michael T. Kelley, 39, of 613 Orange St., West Branch, was arrested Monday and charged with willful injury, causing serious injury, according to a criminal complaint.

Kelley called the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and asked an officer to stop by his house on Monday because a woman was hurt, confused and her face was badly swollen, the Cedar County District Court complaint and affidavit shows.

The deputy said he asked Kelley if he hit the woman and Kelley seemed nervous and indicated the incident happened Sunday and he kept the woman at home, “thinking she would get better,” the complaint states. Kelley also was nervous about the woman’s parents and he agreed to meet the deputy at the sheriff’s office.

First responders were sent to the house and the woman was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, the complaint shows. Michael Kelley told authorities he was “loaded up on Adderall and was drinking large amounts of alcohol and drunk when something happened in the bedroom at 2, 3 or 4 a.m.” on Sunday, the complaint states.

Kelley told authorities they weren’t fighting and Camie Kelley didn’t do anything wrong, according to the complaint. When he awoke on Sunday, the woman was “beat up not in good shape and not herself.” When asked about the injuries, Kelley requested a lawyer, the complaint states.

The woman’s mother told authorities her daughter suffered a brain bleed on both sides of her brain, as well as a tear to her spleen, the complaint shows. She also had injury to her liver and a possible broken jaw and broken teeth, the mother told authorities.

If convicted, Kelley faces 10 years in prison.


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