Man who brutally beat girlfriend in 2016 sentenced to 6 years in prison

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Ryan Cameron

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man who brutally beat his girlfriend last year was sentenced Wednesday.

Ryan Cameron will serve six years in prison, three years of home detention and two years of probation after pleading guilty to aggravated battery in August.

Police said Cameron nearly beat his girlfriend, Carleigh Hager, to death in October 2016. She had to have her tongue reconstructed after the assault.

According to Hager, Cameron came home from a wedding with some friends and launched into a verbal tirade. He locked the friends outside and then physically assaulted her, she said.

Police said Cameron was confrontational when they arrived and told them to go away. Officers found Hager covered in blood in the bathroom. She’d suffered multiple facial injuries and could barely talk.

Cameron nearly ripped out her tongue, and Hager’s eyes were swollen shut. Court documents said it appeared the tip of one ear had been bitten off and she had a cut to her scalp and forehead. In addition, she had several bite marks on her right forearm.

Hager spoke to CBS4 about the incident during her recovery, saying she wanted her story to serve as a cautionary tale for those who’ve suffered abuse in their relationships.

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