Deltona, FL – Volusia County authorities responded to a call regarding an attack in a Deltona home that transpired late Wednesday night. Upon arriving at the residence, located at 217 Steward Terrace, deputies found 27-year-old Kristin Sottosanti with several bloody lacerations about her face and hands.
The victim reported that she had been home with her two children while her husband, 29-year-old Timothy Hunter, was running a store errand with the couple’s baby.
Kristin was in bed when she overheard a noise coming from another room. Suddenly a masked figure entered her bedroom, shoved her down, and began slashing her with a sharp instrument. The intruder fled out the back and shortly thereafter Hunter emerged through the front.
Investigators found the husband’s account suspicious – telling them a mysterious car had been following him, and happening to return home just in time to witness one or two shadowy figures as they bolted across the yard mere moments after his wife’s attack.
When confronted with the inconsistencies Hunter admitted there had not been a strange slasher in their home. Instead Hunter confessed to staging the attack – cutting up his wife because he thought Kristin had cheated on him. He’d only wanted to scare her.
After the assault, Hunter threw out the piece of metal he used as the weapon and washed the clothing he wore in hopes of concealing the evidence.
Hunter was arrested, less than 15 hours after the attack, and charged with felony aggravated battery and destroying/tampering with physical evidence. Hunter was booked in to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and held without bond.
An aggravated battery is charged under Florida Statute 784.045, and is an assault committed against a pregnant woman who the defendant was aware was pregnant; or is a battery where a deadly weapon was used; or is an attack where the defendant intentionally caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the victim. It is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment in the Florida prison system.
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