EDMOND — A woman is seeking protection from her ex-boyfriend who she said beat and choked her and ordered his pit bull terrier to attack her, court papers show.
The woman, who was hospitalized, had several cuts on her face, two black eyes, marks on her neck and “at least six large bite wounds across her legs and thighs,” according to a probable cause affidavit and petition for a protective order filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.
Christopher R. Birchmier, 32, of Edmond, was arrested Tuesday on multiple complaints of domestic abuse and kidnapping, and is being held in the Oklahoma County jail with bail set at $86,000, officials said.
The couple had lived together for about a week in the 3600 block of Baird Drive when the assault occurred Tuesday, Edmond police reported.
Birchmier, the woman wrote in the petition for protection, punched her in the face, choked her to the point of unconsciousness and put his thumbs in her eyes.
He also threatened to kill the woman, telling her “she wasn't getting out alive,” she wrote.
The woman said Birchmier physically and verbally assaulted her for about two hours, during which time he “would let her get up and then would attack her again.”
She told police Birchmier was on top of her choking her a second time when he “commanded his pit bull to attack her by saying ‘Butter, get her!'” according to the probable cause affidavit.
After the dog bit her, the woman ran out of the residence and flagged down a passing motorist, who drove her to a location where she was met by police and paramedics.
Birchmier also was hospitalized after Butter bit him, police reported.
Butter is under quarantine for 10 days, a police spokeswoman said Friday.
A judge will determine after meeting with the city's animal welfare director whether the dog is a threat to the community and should be euthanized, the spokeswoman said.
Birchmier denied assaulting the woman or telling the dog to bite her, telling an Edmond police detective “it just got excited because we were fighting,” according to the affidavit.
He said he was only trying to keep the woman “from hurting herself” because “she was unstable” and wouldn't stop “punching herself,” the detective wrote in the affidavit.