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Police: Watertown woman tried hiding her accused abuser


A city woman tried Sunday afternoon to protect the man who a month earlier was charged with punching her and pulling her hair, according to Watertown police.

Both were arrested at her apartment.

Wesley B.B. Butler, 20, of 1620 Huntington Heights, Apt. P-4, is charged with second-degree criminal contempt for allegedly violating stay-away terms of a City Court order of protection issued late in January.

Morgan A. Gayton, 18, of 102 Creekwood Apartments, was cited with obstructing governmental administration.

Mr. Butler still faces prosecution on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an incident Jan. 25. He was accused of reaching into a vehicle occupied by Miss Gayton, pulling her hair and punching her on the back of the head, police said. This occurred in the presence of a 2-year-old child, police said.

On Sunday afternoon, police received information that Mr. Butler was at Miss Gayton’s apartment. When an officer went there, Miss Gayton refused to open the door, and denied that he was with her, police said. She eventually let the officer in, and Mr. Butler was found hiding.

Mr. Butler was taken into custody to await arraignment Monday in City Court, and Miss Gayton was released to appear at a later date for arraignment.

The arrest was her second of the day. About 3 a.m., city police charged her with driving while intoxicated on Haney Street.

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