LEBANON, Missouri- On Thursday, a Lebanon police officer observed apparent injuries to an alleged domestic abuse victim, but she has declined to press charges.

A delayed domestic disturbance call resulted in an officer interviewing a woman who was still “shaken up” from the previous incident with her husband. The 32 year-old woman told police that her husband woke her up about 7:30 a.m. because he needed to appear in a Springfield court room by 9. She said the man grew angry because he was running late and an argument developed into a physical encounter.

The victim showed the officer various places on her body that were scratched and where dried blood was present according to the police report.

She told police both of their children, a 14 year old girl and 4 year old boy were inside the residence, but
did not witness the violent altercation.

The woman said she did not want to pursue charges against the suspect, even though he had assaulted her causing minor injuries, police stated.

The officer then told her of other options, including an ex-parte, which she declined at the time but said she would “think about.”

“I asked the victim if there was anything else I could help her with and she
stated “No” and then she thanked me for talking with her,” the officer wrote in the report.