Crime

Jury finds man guilty of assaulting wife

The State College man charged with physically assaulting his wife while she was holding their infant child was found guilty after a two-day jury trial.

Zhi Fei Liao, 44, allegedly became enraged after his wife asked him to watch their child while she did laundry in April 2015.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center. She sustained a contusion to her left cheek as well as redness and scrapes to several other areas of her body.

During the assault, Liao struck the victim numerous times, punching her in the head and kicking her back. The affidavit also states Liao pushed the woman onto a bed and then to the floor, kicking her in the back more than 10 times.

Police were initially called to the residence on Waupelani Drive after several people witnessed Liao pressing the victim’s face to his second-floor apartment window.

Once outside and in the presence of police, the woman, who did not speak English, motioned with her hands that Liao struck her in the face and other parts of her body, per court documents.

The woman explained to police, with the help of a translator, that while Liao was striking her, she was holding their child. The child, according to a press release issued by the District Attorney’s Office, fell onto the floor but was not harmed during the attack.

A woman or child is killed in Pennsylvania every three days as a result of domestic violence, according to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

According to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, a woman or child is killed in Pennsylvania every three days as a result of domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is unacceptable and involving a minor child is even more reprehensible,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller in a press release.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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