A domestic violence incident in Soldotna last weekend has been described as one of the worst ever seen on the Kenai Peninsula. Soldotna Police say they responded to a home to find a female victim suffering 2nd degree burns to her head, neck, and upper torso after being immersed in hot water.
Officer Mark Berestoff was one of the first on scene…
Berestoff: “The Soldotna Police Department received a request for a welfare check on 37-year-old Patrick J Slate from a former family member who lives in California. While conducting the welfare check, officers encountered a female who had been severely injured due to an assault. In the subsequent investigation, Slate – Patrick Slate – had been taken into custody for domestic violence assault in the first degree.”
Slate is still in custody. Berestoff said the woman wasn’t initially able to explain her injuries, due to her condition.
Berestoff: “It was a significant assault. It was a very significant assault. I don’t want to go into details about the severity of it, the actual severity of it, but it was very severe.”
The victim is still recovering at Central Peninsula Hospital.
Berestoff: “Initially, her injuries were life threatening, but the hospital was able to take steps to keep her alive.”
Slate will face court again on January 22.