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More charges filed against Atwater man in assault of mother

Additional assault charges were filed Monday against an Atwater man who was charged Friday with pointing a shotgun at his mother and threatening to kill her.

New charges against Cody James Michael Hinman, 21, of Atwater, include assault in the third degree and domestic assault.

The additional charges stem from an incident that happened March 18 at the rural Atwater home where Hinman lives with his mother.

On Friday Hinman was charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault for an incident the night before, on March 28, when an intoxicated Hinman allegedly threatened to kill his mother as he pointed a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun at her.

The woman told police she “felt helpless” and that she believed the gun was loaded.

She was not injured.

Hinman was arrested shortly after the incident on Thursday and it was during this investigation that Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies learned that Hinman had injured his mother in another violent tirade 10 days earlier.

According to the latest complaint, Hinman was intoxicated and became upset when his mother returned home later than expected from doing chores and he allegedly threatened to kill her.

She ran to a bedroom and attempted to shut the door but Hinman allegedly ran after her and punched a hole in the door and kicked it open. The door slammed into the woman, striking her feet and knees.

Hinman then allegedly pinned her against a window and spit tobacco juice in her eyes. He also grabbed her and pushed her into a wall.

She sought medical care where it was discovered several toes were broken.

In an interview with police about the March 18 incident, Hinman allegedly said, “I never meant to hurt my mom, but I did.”

Hinman continues to be held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $50,000 bail.

His next court appearance is April 18.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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