Matthew Hudgins was arraigned in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member, disfigurement or impairment. He was arrested March 29 after Los Alamos police officers responded to a possible dispute at his residence and allegedly found the victim with blood dripping from her mouth, holding her wrist, and crying hysterically.
Court records indicate the victim told police Hudgins came home from work and was angry because she didn’t do his laundry. She told police Hudgins began to storm around the house yelling at her and that after arguing back and forth, he began to strike her in the face until she fell to the ground. She said he then picked her up off the ground and slammed her multiple times, the statement of probable cause states.
Hudgins pleaded not guilty and was released on a $1,000 cash or surety bond. Judge Pat Casados told him he could have absolutely no contact with the victim. In the course of questioning him, she recalled that Hudgins was “in trouble last year on the same kind of charges”.
“So, there’s almost a pattern,” she said, to which Hudgins replied, “I wouldn’t call it a pattern, your honor. It was just an argument”.
Court records show that Hudgins was charged with aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault, battery (evading or obstructing a police officer), and concealing identity in October 2016. He was bound over to District Court in January where he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery, and received probation.
In November 2016, Farmington attorney Dathan L. Weems sent a notice of tort claim and civil rights violations to Los Alamos County alleging that when Hudgins was an inmate at the Los Alamos County Detention Center in October 2016, he developed an abscessed tooth. The letter says Hudgins was denied immediate medical treatment.
“Detention Center employees were made aware of Mr. Hudgins’ condition and negligently denied the proper attention to be rendered. Eventually, Mr. Hudgins was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where he underwent surgery,” the letter states.