Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Deputies: Uncle cut himself to have nephew arrested

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man they say battered his nephew then cut his own chest and abdomen in an effort to get the younger man in trouble.

Wayne Rattay, 45, was charged with domestic battery Thursday.

Deputies said Rattay grabbed his nephew around the neck, then met responding deputies outside his Morningside Drive home to show them "several superficial cuts on his chest and abdomen area," an affidavit states.

Rattay's nephew and his nephew's girlfriend told investigators Rattay was angry because he believed his nephew was using drugs.

Rattay demanded the couple leave, punched a hole in a wall and grabbed his nephew by his throat, sheriff's officials said.

Rattay was in the Hernando County Jail on Friday in lieu of $500 bail.

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