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Donegan's Son Arrested for Assault

The charges stem from an incident at Donegan's house in which Jack Donegan, 18, reportedly punched someone in the head and back repeatedly, causing the victim to suffer a concussion and vomit blood after the assault, according to a police report.

The son of Jayne Donegan, the North Kingstown woman who had charges of violating the state's social host law dismissed — and made a $5,000 donation to Amos House after pleading not guilty — has been charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from an incident at Donegan's house in which Jack Donegan, 18, reportedly punched someone in the head and back repeatedly, causing the victim to suffer a concussion and vomit blood after the assault, according to a police report.

Police said the assault occurred late on April 29 after the victim denied Donegan's accusation that he stole jewelry from the house.

The victim told police that he and others were at the house drinking Grey Goose vodka shortly before the assault took place. All the subjects were in the living room and the victim told police that Jayne Donegan was home but later left to go out for the evening.

After the assault, the victim reportedly received an offer from Jack Donegan asking him not to press charges in exchange for $500 in compensation.

Another person at the house apparently recorded the assault on video and was "later circulated," police said, and in the video, Donegan was seen punching the victim repeatedly as the victim did not fight back.

Police said the victim had noticeable bruising to his face and back area when the assault was first reported on May 1.

Police said the person who recorded the video told police during the investigation that Jayne Donegan was not at the house and alcohol was not consumed.

Jack Donegan turned himself into police on May 2 and was arraigned by bail commissioner Michael Robinson and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.

All told, Donegan was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Note: This post has been updated. It was originally posted on May 3 at 3:58 p.m.
CompassCarrier May 06, 2014 at 01:21 PM
@otto: People who--allegedly--beat someone until they vomit blood may need counseling...but they also need the consequences of the justice system. They need...ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS!
peg altomari May 06, 2014 at 03:13 PM
While substance abuse treatment is needed here, Compass Carrier is RIGHTyou cannot beat someone within an inch of their life and not face consequences for that behavior. Again, the mother should have never gotten away with violating the law - children learn by our example. Her being home at the time or not irrelevant. She herself needs parenting classes and substance abuse counseling. Your kids have enough"friends"' you need to be a parent!!
Politics Sheriff of NK May 07, 2014 at 01:11 AM
I believe the charges if allegations true, should be more, such as extortion (trying to obtain a confession by coercion). And it appears SOMEONE served minors (under 21) with alcohol AGAIN in that hell house. WTH! Extortion (also called shakedown, outwresting, and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion.
Don Thela May 08, 2014 at 06:05 AM
You hope this mother is responsible enough?????????????????

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