With a baby nearby, Utica man used fists, belt to beat girlfriend

Ian Noel, provided by Utica Police

Utica police on Thursday charged a man with beating his girlfiend in an attack that caused the woman to be hospitalized for her injuries. Investigators were called to 741 South Street for a domestic dispute at 2:35 a.m.

Police say Ian Noel, 21, of South Street punched his girlfriend in the face, choked her, beat her with a belt all over her body, grabbed a knife threatening to kill her and only put the knife down when police arrived.

The woman's newborn child was nearby when the abuse happened, police say.

Noel is charged with Aggravated Family offense (a class E felony), Criminal possession of a weapon 3rd degree (a class D felony), Assault 3rd degree, Endangering the welfare of a child, Criminal obstruction of breathing, Menacing 2nd degree, and Resisting arrest.