PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly beat his girlfriend so badly that she was hospitalized for several days last week with a traumatic head injury.

Anthony Fudge, 53, of White Terrace Apartments, allegedly punched the woman in the head and kicked her in the pelvic region, according to Pittsfield Police. The victim told police that she had been drinking with Fudge when an argument erupted. He allegedly smacked her head and repeatedly punched her, knocking her into the bedroom closet.

The woman alleged that Fudge told her he could wash off the evidence down the bathtub drain. Police reported finding blood on the bathtub.

The 45-year-old-woman was found unconscious on her bathroom floor by a family member who was checking on her. According to the criminal complaint, the individual saw the victim bloodied, with a swollen face, then picked her up and brought her to his home on a power chair.

The individual and his girlfriend tried to care for the victim themselves until calling for an ambulance the next day. The woman was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. She was released after several days of treatment.

The victim, who also had bite marks on her arms, told police that she had been thrown into the bathtub by her boyfriend after the incident. She believes she may have suffered a seizure at some point.

Police observed the woman bleeding from her head, with bruises on her shoulder, a scratch on her chest, marks on her knees and back, according to the criminal complaint.

She also said that she suffers from permanent eye damage due to a foreign substance that Fudge allegedly placed on one of her contact lenses.

Fudge was arrested on Feb. 3 by Pittsfield police and charged with assault and battery with serious injury.

He was originally ordered held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for Feb. 10. However, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office withdrew the request and Fudge was released on his own personal recognizance by Judge Fredric Rutberg pending a March 11 court date.

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