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Man charged with attempted first-degree murder for beating girlfriend

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Police arrested a man after his girlfriend ended up in the hospital with fractures to her face and a crushed nasal passage.

Ronald Gibbs is in jail on $200,000 bond, charged with attempted first degree murder and kidnapping.

According to a Shelby County affidavit, Gibbs' girlfriend showed up to Getwell Delta Medical Center with an orbital blowout eye socket fracture, crushed nasal passage, multiple facial fractures and lacerations.

The victim told police that when she got home, her boyfriend, Gibbs, pointed something at her back and demanded she go inside their apartment. Once inside, he began to beat her in the face and head, causing swelling and bruising. The victim told police she begged and pleaded that he take to her to hospital, but he refused until four hours later.

Gibbs eventually dropped her off at the hospital, then drove away. Police were called and they eventually ended up back at the woman's apartment, where they found a large amount of blood.

The victim was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Gibbs later called police and turned himself in.

“It doesn't get better by staying. You do need help and if you do leave you need to leave safely because the most dangerous time is when you do decide to leave, so you need help,” said Bernetta Eddleman with the Family Safety Center.

Eddleman says each year Memphis Police Department files about 17,000 domestic violence reports, but they only see about 2,400 people from those cases.

In this case, neighbors, who were too scared to go on camera, reported hearing screaming and yelling from the apartment. Eddleman says that's all the more reason to call police.

“It is your business because it can spill over into your yard. A bullet has no name, so if your child's out there playing on the sidewalk when this fight happens, there's a possibility that they could end up hurt,” Eddleman explained.

She says it's important that all domestic violence victims know that there is a way out. Family Safety Center is the first step to make that happen.

“That it's never too late. That it doesn't matter. There is not judgement. Come in, we're not gonna blame you. It's not your fault,” said Eddleman.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the Family Safety Center's 24-hour hotline at 901-222-4400. Or stop by their offices at 1750 Madison Ave. Suite 600.

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