Domestic Case turns Ugly

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It all began shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Steven Hulse told deputies a man had broken into his Chester-area home and struck him in the head.

"When he returned, he discovered his girlfriend, who had been staying in the house with him, was missing and he couldn't find her," according to Deputy Donald Mohler, of the Meigs County Sheriff's Department. "He wasn't sure she was hiding in the woods or she was taken."

Kimberlee Mayle was later found in a car near Tuppers Plains. With her were two men who were later arrested. Police say one of them, Shawn Fitzgerald, was Mayle's ex-boyfriend.

"She was assaulted in the residence; one of the suspects threw fuel oil on her, and threatened to set her on fire," Deputy Mohler said. "He struck her several times with a baseball bat, dragged her outside by the hair, threw her in the vehicle, and threatened to kill her."

Mayle was released after observation at an Athens hospital. Fitzgerald, accused of attacking Mayle, and Thomas Schuler, who deputies say drove the car, face felony charges including kidnapping, felonious assault, and in Schuler's case, complicity.

Shuler was released on $50,000 bond Monday. Fitzgerald remains held, with bond set at $200,000.