Within days of NFL player Mark Walton’s arrest, audio of a 911 call has been released that features a crying woman claiming that Walton “beat [her] up.”
Walton, 22, was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman, with police alleging that the running back repeatedly hit a woman who is carrying his unborn child. In audio of a 911 call obtained and published by TMZ, a crying woman can be heard telling the dispatcher, “My boyfriend beat me up.”
The woman then told the dispatcher that her boyfriend left but that she believes he plans to return because he took car keys with him. The alleged assault happened between 10 and 15 minutes before she called, she said, and she revealed that Walton allegedly beat her while her 2-year-old child was present in the home.
The incident took place at a private residence in Davie, Florida at around 4:15 a.m., according to ESPN. Police who responded to the scene have alleged that Walton pushed the victim against the wall and punched her multiple times in her face and head, the outlet reports. When the authorities arrived, they found that the woman’s left eye was swollen; she also told them that she was five weeks pregnant with Walton’s child, and that she’d informed him of the pregnancy days before the alleged beating, per the outlet's report.
Walton, who was in the midst of a four-game suspension when he was arrested, was cut from the Miami Dolphins within hours. In a brief statement shared on social media, team manager Chris Grier shared the team’s decision to waive Walton, and wrote alongside that announcement, “We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton. We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Following his arrest, Walton was booked into Broward County jail on a charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, according to ESPN.
He was ordered to remain in custody on a $10,000 bond, and appeared in court on Wednesday morning, handcuffed, for his arraignment, WPLG Local 10 News reports. A judge ordered him to refrain from having any contact with the victim, submit to a substance abuse evaluation, and turn over any weapons to the authorities, as well as his concealed carry permit, according to the outlet.
Walton, who’d been suspended from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and whose arrest Tuesdays marks his fourth this year, was filmed leaving the jail on Wednesday night. In footage published by TMZ, he can be seen sprinting past waiting reporters while making unintelligible noises, and then running to a waiting car.
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