COOLIDGE – A Coolidge man is facing charges after allegedly hitting a woman during an argument.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Malik Z. McKaney, 24, is charged with assault and interfering with a judicial proceeding.

At 2:23 p.m., on Dec. 23, Coolidge Police officers were called out to a home in the 600 block of North Main Street in Coolidge for a possible assault.

When officers arrived they found a woman who was distraught and crying. She told officers that McKaney had been at the home earlier in the day. When officers asked her if she had gotten into a fight with McKaney, the woman said she didn’t know.

As officers were doing a security sweep of the home they allegedly located McKaney under a blanket in a bedroom closet. They also found blood on the kitchen floor and blood on the bathroom sink, mirror, wall and floor. McKaney allegedly had blood on his hands and clothing.

McKaney denied hitting the woman.

The woman told officers that McKaney came over to the house to watch their child while she ran some errands. She and McKaney got into an argument, and McKaney allegedly punched her in the head and face. He allegedly continued to hit her after she fell to the floor and after she tried to walk away from him down the hallway. The woman said she tried to hit McKaney with two toys in self-defense.

Officers noted multiple red bumps on the woman’s face and that she had split upper lip. They also noted that she had an order of protection against McKaney. The woman was transported to Florence Hospital for treatment.

McKaney was taken into custody and booked into the county jail.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.