WEST LIBERTY - Robert Daniel Taggart beat his ex-girlfriend on the side of a county road Sunday and then tossed her down a hill, according to the Ohio County Sheriff's Department.
Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Taggart, 38, of Wheeling on charges of malicious wounding, nighttime burglary and domestic battery. Taggart remained in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $55,000 cash bond late Monday.
Taggart and his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl Danehart, were among a group of people swimming in a creek near West Liberty on Sunday. Danehart's friend's car was full, so Danehart and her son rode in Taggart's vehicle. While driving, Taggart became "angry and argumentative ... over past incidents between the two," court documents state.
Taggart reportedly stopped the car on the side of the road and pulled Danehart from the vehicle. He slammed her head against the trunk, then held her arm behind her back and struck her in the head, she later told a sheriff's deputy at Wheeling Hospital, where she was being treated for her injuries.
The attacker then allegedly bent Danehart over the car and attempted to pull her pants down. She believes that is when a witness arrived, causing Taggart to stop trying to undress her. Taggart reportedly kicked her in the torso again and tossed her over a nearby hillside.
The witness told the deputy he saw Taggart strike and kick Danehart in the head and body before tossing her over the hill. The witness works in the natural gas industry and transported Danehart to his job site, where he contacted the sheriff's department.
The sheriff's deputy reportedly observed bruising and other marks on Danehart's body, and she complained of head pain where she said Taggart had struck her.
A preliminary hearing in Ohio County Magistrate Court had not been scheduled Monday, nor had Taggart been assigned an attorney to represent him. As a condition of his bond, Taggart will be placed on home confinement if released from jail.
At the time of his arrest, Taggart was served with an active warrant for nighttime burglary. The details of that alleged crime were not available Monday.