Man arrested for attempted murder of his son, assault on wife
A man suspected of assaulting his spouse by shoving her hand in a hot frying pan of oil and attempting to murder his child was arraigned Wednesday on domestic violence charges of attempted murder, assault, strangulation, menacing, coercion and harassment.
Jeremiah Daniel Crothers, 34, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 17 and booked into Columbia County Jail after Columbia County sheriff's deputies interviewed a woman who said he punched her in the head, shoved her into a wall while she was holding her 7-month-old son, and forced her hand into hot cooking oil after complaining about her cooking.
The woman said she hit Crothers in the head with a frying pan Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, when she found him covering the mouth and nose of their young son, until he began to turn blue and flail his legs.
The woman also told deputies that Crothers "does not allow her to use her phone when he is home," according to an affidavit submitted to the court.
Columbia County sheriff's deputies responded to the 19000 block of Swedetown Road in Clatskanie around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, after getting a report from a domestic violence advocate. Upon arrival, Crothers was gone, and the victims' injuries were documented by investigators, the Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.
Crothers was found just after midnight Wednesday morning, Jan. 17 where he works on Old Portland Road in St. Helens.
He remains in custody with bail set at $217,750.
"The allegations in support of this arrest are alarming," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson stated in the news release. "Domestic Violence is a scourge that our deputies frequently encounter. Fortunately, we were able to find the suspect in a timely manner and put a stop to the violence, and give this mom and child a chance to survive."