Lander man bound over for trial on alleged dumbbell and knife attack on his cousin

(Lander, Wyo.) – A 26-year-old Lander man has been bound over to Fremont County District Court on two charges of Aggravated Assault and Battery and one charge of Endangering Children, after an August 6th altercation at a west side Lander apartment.

According to court documents filed in the case, Daniel Jay Washington “intentionally and knowingly caused bodily injury” to the victim, who allegedly was his first cousin. Washington also “knowingly and with criminal negligence, did cause the endangering of the child(s) life or health by violating a duty of care and protection.”

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The affidavit filed in the case by Lander Police Officer Sean Weathers said he and LPD Sgt. Ronald Wells responded to a call for a man with a knife and found a man covered with blood near the intersection of MacFarlane Drive and Highway 789 at 4:31 p.m. At that time they encountered the victim, who allegedly said he had been assaulted with a 30 pound dumbbell inside his cousin’s apartment. The victim also said Washington had chased him brandishing a knife across the street to a car wash. While this was occurring, Washington’s two children, one 2 years-old and the other 5 months-old, had been left alone in the apartment, and were inside the home when the assault allegedly occurred.

According to the affidavit, both men had apparently been drinking. Washington’s blood alcohol level was reportedly measured at .71 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent and the victim claimed he had consumed a fifth of whiskey. Officer Weathers said he located several empty whiskey bottles inside the apartment and a 30 pound dumbbell with what appeared to be blood on it.

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, Washington was ordered held on $20,000 cash bond and bound over to district court for trial.

The two felony aggravated assault charges each carry a 10 year prison sentence upon conviction and the child endangerment charge, a misdemeanor, is punishable by a jail term of not more than one yer and a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.

The defendant is considered not guilty until convicted in a court of law.

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