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Former 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

1 year 5 months 2 days ago July 09, 2015 Jul 9, 2015 Thursday, July 09 2015 July 09, 2015 1:53 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Prosecutors in California have formally charged former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald with domestic violence and false imprisonment following allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child.

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced the charges Thursday. McDonald also is charged with child endangerment and violating a court order that he stay away from the victim. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the afternoon.

A call to McDonald's attorney, Steve Defilippis, wasn't immediately returned.

Prosecutors say McDonald broke into the woman's bedroom around 4 a.m. on May 25 and assaulted her while his driver tried to stop him and she tried to get away. They say he eventually left the scene.

The 49ers released McDonald in 2014 after it was reported he was being investigated for possible sexual assault. He signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears in March 2015, but was released after his May 25 arrest.

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