FORT WAYNE – A Fort Wayne man accused of severely beating his girlfriend with a baseball bat was charged Wednesday with attempted murder.
Anthony R. Ochs called 911 shortly before 3 a.m. Friday and reported that he had battered his girlfriend, Susan J. Lombardi, and that she was hardly breathing, according to court papers.
Police found Lombardi, 42, lying unresponsive on the kitchen floor, with her face and hair covered in blood, authorities said. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.
Doctors determined that shed suffered multiple facial fractures and traumatic brain injuries. As of Tuesday, she remained unconscious; she continued to have swelling on her brain; and she had lost her left eye, court papers said. An update on her condition Wednesday was not available.
Ochs, 39, told police he and Lombardi had been drinking and arguing in the time leading up to the beating. He acknowledged having a dozen beers starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, court papers stated.
According to court papers, Ochs admitted to striking Lombardi at least once in the face with a wooden bat, but he could not recall exactly how many times or what had made him so upset.
Authorities allege he repeatedly hit her in the head with the bat. No one else witnessed the attack, court papers said.
In speaking with police, Ochs appeared calm and apologized for hurting Lombardi, his girlfriend of eight months, court papers stated.
He told police he should have just left the home in the 6300 block of High Point Run, near Coldwater Road and Interstate 69, authorities said.
Prior to this, Fort Wayne police had responded to one domestic violence report involving Ochs and Lombardi, according to court papers.
Along with attempted murder, Ochs faces felony charges of aggravated battery and battery. He was being held Wednesday at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $80,750 bail.