Oxford man accused of beating wife, holding her against will on boat

An Oxford man is accused of refusing to let his wife leave his boat for several hours and beating her while at a Toledo area marina over the weekend, according to a Lucas County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Edward D. Waywood, 33, of the 900 block of Tollgate Drive, is charged with kidnapping, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; disrupting public service, a fourth-degree felony; and assault, unlawful restraint and two charges of domestic violence, all misdemeanor offenses, following an incident at Lake Erie’s Meinke Marina on Saturday.

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Waywood repeatedly punched, kicked and pushed his wife, Tara Waywood, throughout the interior of the boat for about five hours, according to the incident report.

Edward Waywood also choked his wife with her own sweatshirt so that she could not call out for help, according to an affidavit filed in Oregon Municipal Court.

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He also threatened to kill her and told her “things would get bad” if she left, according to court documents.

Lucas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the marina after a woman reported that Edward Waywood had called her and she could hear Tara Waywood crying in the background, according to the incident report.

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When deputies located the boat at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, they could hear a woman crying inside.

Edward Waywood told them he and his wife were having a verbal argument and at no time did it get physical.

“Tara was visibly upset and crying. She had visible swelling to her head and fingers as well as scratches on the right side of her neck,” according to the report.

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Tara Waywood said her husband found text messages on her phone from another man and a dispute began. She said they had been arguing and physically fighting since about 1 p.m.

She was transported to a Toledo area hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

Edward Waywood was taken to the Lucas County Jail.

He was arraigned Monday in Oregon Municipal Court, where bond was set at $85,000.

Waywood has posted bond and is scheduled to appear Nov. 7 in court for a preliminary hearing.

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