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Man sentenced for beating girlfriend, fleeing with infant


Last updated 10/10/2013 at Noon

VISTA (CNS) - A man who beat his girlfriend near their Pauma Valley home and fled with their 5-month-old son, who was later found unharmed, was sentenced today eight years in state prison.

Kenneth Wayne Welch, who has a 2001 conviction for intimidating a witness, pleaded guilty last month to felony domestic violence.

He was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz.

Deputies investigating a June 18 domestic dispute in the 22000 block of state Route 76 found Welch's beaten girlfriend shortly after 1:30 a.m. The victim told deputies that Welch, 42, attacked her during an argument...

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