A Colorado Springs man will stand trial in June after allegedly whipping his pregnant wife, a Fort Carson solider, with a coaxial cable, choking her to the point of unconsciousness and throwing boiling water on her, according to federal court documents unsealed Tuesday.
Mitchell Gibson, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 9 on several assault charges and faces up to 10 years in prison, according to court documents.
Gibson was arrested March 25 after his wife, then 9 weeks pregnant, escaped an alleged attack in their home on Fort Carson. According to court documents, Gibson also allegedly kicked her and held a steak knife to her neck when she woke up.
She was grabbed and thrown to the ground after screaming for help and trying to escape, according to court documents.
After the alleged assault, she left the house, leaving her 1-year-old daughter with Gibson, who she said was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs, court documents say. After leaving, she told investigators that he called her cellphone and threatened to cut off the baby's fingertips. According to court documents, she could hear the baby crying in the background, and called 911.
Three days before his arrest, Gibson allegedly whipped his wife with a coaxial cable. The woman told investigators that he had been hitting her with the cable for several weeks, in some cases even making her bring the cable to him first, court documents stated.
On the same day, as she lay unconscious, Gibson allegedly bit her, urinated on her and then poured boiling water over her stomach and lower body to "revive" her, court documents state. That same day, Gibson also allegedly made the woman sleep in an outdoor shed without shoes, a jacket or a blanket, court documents said.
The victim told investigators that the physical and verbal abuse began when they were dating, and persisted throughout their four years of marriage. She also told investigators that in those four years, she'd suffered a broken arm and jaw but never reported the abuse.