SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A man accused of brutally beating a 25-year-old woman is now in custody.
According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, Joseph Phillip Latamondeer, 40, of East Prairie, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, September 22.
Sheriff Moore said Latamondeer was at his dad's home in Mississippi County when he was arrested around 4:30 p.m. The sheriff's department had to make entry and found Latamondeer hiding inside the home.
He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail.
Sheriff Moore said Sikeston police assisted in the arrest.
On Friday, at 1:52 a.m., officers were sent to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. to assist another agency in reference to a domestic assault.
Further investigation revealed that the domestic assault began at Walmart in Sikeston.
The victim said she was assaulted by her boyfriend of one month, who was identified as Joseph Phillip Latamondeer.
She said she then tried to run again but he caught her.
The officer delivering the probable cause statement said the following about the injuries:
The victim also had approximately 16 bite marks on her back, chest, arms and legs. She had 8 broken ribs, broken in multiple places.
She was in kidney failure as a result of the assault, requiring dialysis, and also has a bruised heart sustained from the domestic assault, according to investigators.
The victim's mother says her daughter's friend called her because she could not get inside the victim's home in East Prairie, but could hear her crying.
Her mother then went inside to find her daughter crying on the edge of her bed, saying that her whole body hurt.
Her mother said she could see the bruising on her face, neck, and arms. The victim recounted the events of the night, saying she was afraid to go to the hospital.
The victim's father said he received a phone call from the victim's mother saying their daughter had been hurt. He arrived at the home and learned that Latamondeer had allegedly beaten her, apparently because she told him she planned on leaving the state.
Latamondeer has several prior felony convictions. He now faces charges of domestic assault, first degree - serious physical injury, kidnapping, and armed criminal action.