Assault victim pleads for firefighting-fiance's release

Assault victim pleads for firefighting-fiance's release

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 5:55 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- The fiancé of a Charlotte firefighter charged with felony assault and animal cruelty does not want to pursue the case and asked a judge to release 29 year-old Bryan Carlton Barfield so he can be with their child.

Barfield, who works out of a station one in uptown Charlotte, was arrested over the weekend following heated domestic argument.

Police say Barfield hit, threatened and choked his fiancé at the home the couple share in Gastonia.

During that same argument is when investigators say Barfield hit, kicked and killed a 14 month-old cat.  The cat ended up in the toilet.

In court Monday, Barfield's fiancé told the judge she does not fear Barfield.

"This is very upsetting to her that he is incarcerated.  She does not want him incarcerated and indicated he has been a model citizen leading up to the allegations," said defense attorney Craig Collins.

Prosecutors pointed out the many injuries to Barfield's fiancé as she stood next to prosecutors and watched Barfield through a monitor appearing from jail in a jumpsuit

"Officers noted a busted lip, scratches on her neck and severe bruising to the wrist.  You will see she's wearing something on her wrist today too for the hairline fracture that was caused due to this incident," prosecutors said.

The Charlotte Fire Department put Barfield on paid administrative duty Monday.

"As the investigation is ongoing, I am unable to comment on the details of this case,” said Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan after Barfield's court proceedings Monday morning. “However, I want our citizens’ to know we hold our firefighters to a high standard of conduct in order to maintain the trust and respect of our community."

Police arrested Barfield at his brother's house in Belmont early Saturday morning.

Medical staff at a local emergency room notified police about the fiancé's injuries.

Barfield is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail. Monday, his bond was set at $10,000.

Officials say Barfield has been with the Charlotte Fire Department since 2011.

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