Pregnant Rock Hill woman accused of using knife in argument with boyfriend

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 17, 2013 

— A pregnant Rock Hill mother was arrested Saturday after police say she attacked her boyfriend with a knife and glass while holding a child in her hands because he would not hand over his food stamp card.

Jasmine Lastar Dotray, 22, is charged with criminal domestic violence, resisting police and disorderly conduct after authorities say she also chased two people, fled from officers, hid in bushes and later had to be restrained at the Rock Hill jail, according to a police report.

Police were called to a Chandler Drive apartment at about 11:20 a.m. where they found Dotray, upset and panicked, standing outside saying her boyfriend refused to let her inside, the report states. Dotray told police she was pregnant and wanted to receive medical treatment.

Police spoke with her boyfriend, Dequarrius McClinton, also 22, who said Dotray scratched his face because he would not give her his food stamp card, the report states.

According to the police, Dotray grabbed a large kitchen knife and began screaming.

McClinton on Monday told The Herald that his brother and a friend grabbed his and Dotray’s 5-month-old son to remove him from the house. That’s when he said Dotray began screaming, “Give me my baby, give me my baby.”

McClinton agreed.

“Usually, that calms her down or helps calm her down,” he said. “But, as soon as we handed him to her, she picks up the first thing she saw and threw it at me.”

According to police, Dotray flung a glass bottle and glass ashtray at McClinton while she was still holding onto their son.

Dotray’s brother and another man managed to grab the boy, but Dotray began chasing them with a knife, according to the police report.

They ran into a car, the report states, but Dotray tried slashing the tires. They drove away, while Dotray tried to get back in the house by climbing through a bedroom window.

McClinton managed to lock the window. Dotray then ripped off the front storm door as police arrived on scene.

As McClinton spoke with officers, Dotray kept yelling and interrupting, the police report states. When EMS arrived to treat Dotray because of her pregnancy, she ran from the scene.

An officer found her hiding in bushes and took her back to the house. When she learned she would be arrested, Dotray ran again, the report states. Police caught her and put her in a patrol vehicle. She began smashing her head against the window and kicked the car door.

Once at jail, Dotray fought against officers until she was placed in a restraint chair, the report states. She received a $1,092 bond for the resisting police citation, but was taken to the York County Detention Center, where she was being held Monday on a $15,000 bond.

McClinton and Dotray have known each other for almost two years, he said. He said the couple recently learned she is five weeks pregnant.

Saturday was not the first time McClinton’s been on the receiving end of Dotray’s anger.

In January, McClinton told police Dotray threw bleach on him and ripped his clothes, according to a Rock Hill police report. When he met with police, McClinton smelled like bleach and his clothes had been dyed with bleach spots.

Dotray told police she threw bleach on McClinton because he refused to leave the apartment. Police were called to the apartment again when Dotray locked McClinton out the house. After she was arrested, police discovered that she gave them a false name and was also a fugitive wanted in Texas.

She was charged with criminal domestic violence and false information to police. Texas authorities chose not to extradite.

A week later, Dotray pleaded guilty to criminal domestic violence and served time in jail, Rock Hill Clerk of Court Diane Anderson said. She was found not guilty on the false information to police charge.

McClinton said he has stayed in a relationship with Dotray for the sake of their son.

But after this most recent incident, McClinton says the two will no longer be in a relationship.

“We’re going to work it out,” he said, “but we’re not going to be in the same house. I promise you that.”

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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