Court docs: Suspect beat woman unconscious, told neighbor to call medics

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Court documents provided additional details about what happened to a woman who was found unconscious in her home Thursday morning. The Fort Wayne Police Department later that day took Brent Browning, 29, into custody with an initial charge of aggravated battery.

According to an affidavit for probable cause filed in Allen Superior Court on Friday, prosecutors have since added battery and domestic battery to Browning’s possible charges.

Photo of Brent Stephen Browning provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.
Photo of Brent Stephen Browning provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Dept.

Court documents indicated 911 dispatch received two phone calls early Thursday indicating a woman inside a house in the 800 block of Huffman Street was in danger. The first call came in around 5:15 a.m. from a friend who was on the phone with Samantha Freeman who said she heard a “scuffle and the line was disconnected.” The friend told dispatchers Freeman had been receiving death threats from her children’s father. The second call came from a neighbor who said Freeman was unconscious and identified the man responsible as Browning.

Court documents also included details about how officers found Freeman. It went on to describe when officers arrived they found a pool of blood on the front porch and bloody footprints leading toward Freeman. She was found unconscious in her bed with a cut on her forehead, among other injuries. Medics took her to a hospital where she was “rushed to surgery,” the affidavit detailed.

Freeman was listed in critical condition on Thursday. An update was not available Friday.

Investigators spoke with the neighbor who called 911 dispatch earlier that morning and she told them she saw Browning’s leaving the apartment. She said he told her “you better call the paramedics for her.”

Police also talked with Browning’s father, who told police he received a phone call from his son around 6:45 a.m. Thursday. He told police his son said he “was sorry for what he had done” and that he “snapped and cut her.”

A protective order against Browning was filed in Allen Superior Court on Tuesday by Freeman. It claimed in November, Browning kicked the door of Freeman’s Huffman Street home open and threw a rock through a window. It also said Browning stole clothes from the home and threw them away. The protective order indicated Freeman and Browning “resided together in an intimate relationship.” The protective order also denies Browning parenting time unless it’s through a third party.

As of Friday afternoon, Browning remains in the Allen County Jail. His bond was set at $50,000, according to court records. Browning will officially be charged Jan. 21.

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