AYER — A day after his 25th birthday, an Ayer man was arrested and charged with assault and battery on his pregnant wife, landing him first at the local hospital, then district court.
Adam Skipper, 25, is estranged from the woman and reports himself as being homeless.
The couple says they were temporarily separated. But due to the super cold temperatures on Monday, the woman let Skipper back into their marital home. That’s when the trouble allegedly broke out.
Skipper called the Ayer Police Department on Monday morning to report that he was attacked by his wife. But police say their investigation yielded evidence that Skipper was the aggressor.
The woman didn’t seek medical attention. However, an ambulance did transport Skipper to Nashoba Valley Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his face.
Ayer Police Lt. Brian Gill says that during transport to the hospital, Skipper was placed under arrest.
Gill said Skipper later appeared in Ayer District Court on charges of threatening to commit a crime with a deadly weapon — a gun — and kidnapping for allegedly blocking the woman’s egress from the home.
Skipper is also accused of pushing and shoving the woman and grabbing her by the neck, assault and battery for allegedly slapping her cell phone from her hand as she tried to call Ayer police, malicious destruction of property under $250 (the cell phone) and intimidation of a witness.
The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office stated that Skipper will return to court for a pretrial conference on Feb. 22.