A man accused of battery, related to a domestic dispute outside of a store in Tensed, remains in custody following a June 10 arrest.

Mark BePlate, 55, of Moscow is accused of domestic battery with traumatic injury and domestic battery in the presence of a child after he struck his partner in front of their 7-year-old son.

A witness to the event said that the abuse victim was reported to be heard screaming for help and the child crying, before the vehicle took off.

According to the Benewah County Sheriff deputy report, Mr. BePlate struck his partner multiple times in the face, causing bleeding, and attempted to pull her out of a vehicle.

The BCSO report said that the victim had multiple marks, including an indent from a ring, on her face, and strangulation marks on her neck.

According to the report, Mr. BePlate and the victim have been together for nine years. The victim said that Mr. BePlate has a long history of abusive behavior and knows how to hit her without leaving marks.

Mr. BePlate was also charged with obstructing and resisting an officer. The deputy reported that Mr. BePlate refused to provide identification after being stopped and was resistant while being handcuffed.

Mr. BePlate is in custody of the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office and his bail is set at $10,000. A noncontact order between Mr. BePlate, the victim and the child was also implemented.

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