A man accused of trying to suffocate his pregnant girlfriend in front of her young daughter was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault.
Jordan Samuel Butler, 23, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Judge Gregory Todd set bond at $15,000.
Butler was arrested Nov. 13 when officers were called to a residence on Avenue C in response to a disturbance. They found Butler and a woman outside a vehicle arguing.
The woman said she was not the victim, but Butler would not get away from her vehicle. When officers detained Butler, the victim came out of the vehicle and told officers she was five months pregnant and was having abdominal pains and difficulty breathing.
The woman was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare, where she later told police that she was Butler's girlfriend and was pregnant with his child. She said they had been in an argument because Butler had her cellphone and refused to give it to her.
During the argument, the woman said, Butler threw her onto a bed, knelt on her stomach and held a pillow over her face as her young daughter next to her on the bed looked on.
The woman said she screamed and scratched at Butler until he removed the pillow after about a minute.