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RUPERT — Police say a Rupert man hit a woman with an AR-style rifle, splitting her face open, and then for 15 hours refused to let her leave to get medical help.

Jeremiah Luther Baker, 44, is charged with felony domestic violence battery with traumatic injury and misdemeanor false imprisonment, according to court records.

Police were called to the emergency room Nov. 24 to talk to a woman involved in a domestic violence situation. An officer said they found the woman lying on a hospital bed with a doctor cleaning and closing a large laceration that extended from her right temple to her over her left eye.

The woman told police that she and Baker had used methamphetamine and Baker became “very paranoid” and accused her of working with someone he’d had problems with in the past, court documents say.

He then started hitting her and threatening her, the woman said.

The woman said he hit her in the head with the stock of an AR-type rifle and refused to let her leave from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next afternoon. He eventually took her to a friend’s house and the woman’s mother took her to the hospital, court records say.

A preliminary hearing is set at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Minidoka County Magistrate Court.

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