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Police: Man threw lye at girlfriend

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say Daryl Vaughan threw lye at his girlfriend in Peach Bottom Township last month.
  • She allegedly told him he loved Sudafed decongestant more than her, police said.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

A man allegedly threw lye on his girlfriend when she accused him of loving Sudafed decongestant more than her, according to charging documents filed by state police.

Daryl Charles Vaughan, 36, whose address is currently listed as York County Prison, is charged with two counts of strangulation and one count each of simple assault and harassment, according to court documents.

Police say Vaughan threw the lye on his girlfriend during an argument at a residence in the 200 block of Wiley Road in Peach Bottom Township.

Alleged incident:  On Feb. 22, state police spoke to Vaughan's girlfriend regarding a meth lab that Vaughan allegedly was operating out of his family's barn, documents state.

His girlfriend explained to police that marks on her chin were not from picking at her skin but were from Vaughan hitting her and throwing lye on her, according to court documents.

Police say about 2 a.m. Feb. 19, his girlfriend said to Vaughan that he loved Sudafed, a decongestant product, more than her while at a barn on the property.

"(His girlfriend) related that Vaughan pushed her over a table, threw lye ... on her and hit her in the face, causing her nose and mouth to bleed," court documents state.

She told police she sprayed Vaughan with a hose and went outside, screaming for someone to call 911, police said.

Vaughan then grabbed her by her hair and took her back into the barn, according to charging documents.

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Police say the woman's hair was grabbed at least four times, and at one point Vaughan told her to leave and threw something at her.

She also told police that he choked her "til she almost passed out," court documents state.

His girlfriend showed police a swollen toe from the incident, and responding troopers also could see bruises on both of her legs as well as marks on her legs that she said came from the lye, according to charging documents.

Police say she put water on her legs because they were burning.

Before she told police what had allegedly happened, she said she loves Vaughan so much and she never expected "in a million years" that Vaughan would put his hands on her, documents state.

"(His girlfriend) related that Vaughan becomes violent when he is going through withdrawal," the responding trooper wrote in charging documents.

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When asked about his girlfriend's injuries, Vaughan initially denied being physical with her, police said.

"He later admitted that he's been physical with her approximately five times," documents state.

Vaughan was arraigned on separate drug charges on Feb. 23, according to online court records. On Tuesday, he was arraigned on his latest charges. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $150,000 total bail involving both cases.

Court records do not list an attorney for Vaughan.

His preliminary hearings for both cases are scheduled for March 22 at District Judge Laura S. Manifold's office.

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