Pregnant women involved in two new domestic violence criminal cases

(Lander, Wyo.) – Two new domestic violence criminal cases have been bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District Court, both involving pregnant women.

Dean Risher, 18, has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery, Felonious Restraint and Domestic Violence Battery in connection with a mid-July assault on a 9-month pregnant woman. The assault charge carries penalties up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. The restraint charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, and the domestic violence count could result in up to six months in prison and/or $750 in fines.

According to an affidavit written by Riverton Police Officer Anthony Armstrong, he came in contact with the victim who was “obviously pregnant and had blood smeared on her tank top.”

The victim described the alleged attack to Armstrong, noting that Risher was the father of the unborn baby. The affidavit details the assault and alleges that Risher kept her from leaving several times. The victim told police Risher knew she was pregnant. She told Armstrong she had had cramping after the altercation but had not yet seen a doctor. She was scheduled to give birth earlier in August.

In another Riverton area incident, this one occurring on July 2, Chrystal Felter has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence Battery and Reckless Endangering. The assault and domestic violence charges carry the same penalties as those listed above. Reckless endangering carries a penalty of up to one year in prison.

The affidavit in the case, written by Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy Sarah Trehearne, alleges that Felter, 28, threatened a man with a knife. Upon arriving for the call, deputies witnessed a man who was “visibly upset, wearing a white tank top with the front chest area ripped and scratch marks on his front chest area.”

Upon entering the residence, deputies were informed by a young girl that Felter “had a knife and was going to stab my daddy.”

Further interviews relayed in the affidavit revealed that Felter and the man had been arguing about him taking her to Denver for a doctor appointment. She said she was 19 weeks pregnant.

The victim said Felter initially threatened him with a door knob.

“Chrystal Felter then set the door knob on the counter and grabbed a kitchen knife,” states the affidavit. “Chrystal Felter held the knife up, walked within 3 to 4 feet of (the victim) and yelled ‘I ******* hate you!’ Chrystal Felter was holding the knife gripped in her right hand with the blade pointing down. Chrystal Felter then raised the knife over her head with the tip of the blade pointed toward (the victim) in a manner which lead (the victim) to believe Chrystal Felter was going to stab him.”

The affidavit also states that deputies observed a knife missing from a set in the kitchen and found a matching knife with a 20-inch blade in the bathroom of the residence.

Arraignments, where both will enter a plea, have not yet been set.