Hub cop charged in assault on spouse

Hub cop charged in assault on spouse

By Laurel J. Sweet  |   Wednesday, October 27, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Local Coverage

A young cop has been relieved of his service weapon and placed on desk duty while the Boston Police Department investigates how his wife fell down a staircase during an alleged boozy domestic dust-up.

“Internal Affairs has opened an investigation into this matter,” BPD spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll told the Herald.

David Marchant, 26, a South Boston-based patrol officer who’s been on the force two years, was arrested early Saturday morning at his home in Dorchester. Investigators found his 25-year-old wife nursing a swollen ankle and her 58-year-old mother claiming Marchant knocked her to the kitchen floor and that her daughter fell down a staircase after what sounded like a “slap.’’

“Officers could smell an odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from both (Marchant and his wife),” police reports state.

An EMT told cops that the wife said she was in fear for her life, police said. But at her husband’s arraignment yesterday in Dorchester District Court on the charge of assault and battery, the wife said the tumble was an accident and she was recanting any statements she’d made to the contrary. Prosecutors are pushing ahead with their case.

“We’re committed to supporting the victim in every way possible,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

David Marchant is free on $200 cash bail. “He absolutely denies these allegations,” defense attorney Thomas Drechsler said. “He’s a fine officer with a fine family.”

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