GRAPHIC: Man allegedly ripped out woman's eyes

Posted at 9:01 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 09:01:16-04

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WTVC/CNN) - Police arrested a man who they say ripped out a woman's eyeballs in a gruesome attack.

Officers said they found a woman lying face down next to her eyeballs Wednesday night.

According to an arrest affidavit, Michael Roberson is accused of ripping out the eyes of the mother of his child. Police said she was also stabbed in the stomach.

According to the arrest affidavit, Roberson told police they fight over the kid.

The child's mother is now blind, and the father is behind bars.

A 16-year-old neighbor said he tried to intervene and stayed home from school Thursday, trying to forget what he saw.

The suspect sat on top of the woman, using only his hands to destroy her face. Witnesses said the child also watched the assault.

Emily O'Donnell with the Woman's Foundation said the children are likely traumatized.

"I have to believe that it is deeply disturbing for a teenager to see a woman beat to where her eyeballs are out," O'Donnell said.

She said she's working on legislation that would add to the sentence of someone found guilty of committing domestic violence in front of a child.

According to the affidavit, Roberson told officers he blacked out and didn't remember what happened,

Court records states Roberson was charged with assault in 2006.

The judge found him not guilty for reason of insanity, and the charges were dismissed.

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