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Couple jailed on battery allegations

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:31 PM

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A woman was left with a broken nose and a black eye and her live-in boyfriend suffered cuts on his face and bite marks on his body.

Both of them were jailed on battery charges.

James F. Heck, 42, and Amy Jo Schmitt, 43, both of 11349 Elgin Blvd., started fighting Thursday morning, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Heck said Schmitt got mad at him over texts sent to his phone and Schmitt said Heck attacked her after he realized she was making plans to move out, deputies said.

Heck punched her in the face and bit her on the left leg and shin, according to an arrest affidavit. Schmitt also told deputies Heck had thrown her across the room, which caused her to strike her head against the wall. Deputies said they didn't see any injuries on Schmitt consistent with that part of her story.

Heck, meanwhile, said his girlfriend scratched his face and bit him along his ribs and back, according to the sheriff's office.

A doctor at Oak Hill Hospital determined Schmitt had suffered a broken nose, deputies said.

Heck was charged with aggravated battery, a felony, and Schmitt was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

Both were taken to the Hernando County Jail, booked shortly before 6 a.m. and held without bond.

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