A central Minnesota man has been charged after police say a woman came forward and reported years of alleged physical and verbal abuse.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported the abuse to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 4:53 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Nicholas George Lehmeier of Cold Spring.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s office learned that the woman and Lehmeier had been in a relationship for more than 10 years and that the woman had been a victim of abuse during those years, according to the criminal complaint.
In April 2015, Lehmeier assaulted a child who was 7 years old at the time, and because of it, their five minor children were removed from the home, according to the criminal complaint. He was charged with malicious punishment of a child for that incident and pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault in November 2015.
July 2, 2015, was the first night they were able to bring their baby home since the child had been removed from their home; the other children had not yet been returned to the home, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman said she was sitting on the couch holding the baby and that Lehmeier became upset because she was spending time with the child and not with him. She said Lehmeier blamed her for the children being removed, and she responded that she wasn’t the one who had been criminally charged.