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Sykesville man held without bond after allegedly assaulting woman Sunday

Michael Joseph Cerniglia Sr.
Michael Joseph Cerniglia Sr.

A Sykesville man is being held without bond after allegedly assaulting a woman Sunday.

Michael Joseph Cerniglia Sr., 61, of Sykesville, is charged with one count of second-degree assault, according to electronic court records.

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At around 8:55 p.m Sunday, a deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department and spoke with a Sykesville woman who had been brought there for treatment by emergency medical personnel after being found “crawling on the floor” and unable to stand on her own in a Sykesville home, according to charging documents.

Police noted in the charging documents that the woman had her leg in in a splint, had old bruising above her left eye and that her left eye was beginning to swell, at the time she was interviewed, and that she also had scratches on her neck.

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The woman initially told police her injuries were due to having fallen, but later told police Cerniglia had struck and strangled her, according to charging documents.

Police then interviewed Cerniglia at a home in Sykesville and he allegedly told police he and the woman had been arguing when she grabbed his testicles, and that she had fallen when he pushed her away, according to charging documents.

Police noted that while they could not discern any fresh injuries to Cerniglia’s groin area of the rest of his body, there were some old scratch marks “that were healing,” according to charging documents.

Cerniglia was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. at taken to Carroll County Central Booking and initially held on a $10,000 bond, according to electronic court records.

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That bail status was changed to held without bond after a bail review hearing Monday morning, according to electronic court records, and Cerniglia now has a trial scheduled for Sept. 18 in Carroll County District Court.

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