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Dad of Missing Iowa Cousin Postpones Drugs and Battery Trial

ABC News(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- The father of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who disappeared while riding bikes with her cousin in Iowa earlier this month, will not be put on trial for separate drug or domestic abuse charges until August, an Iowa judge said Friday.

Daniel Morrissey, 36, appeared in a Waterloo, Iowa, court Friday in relation to four cases in which he is charged with assaulting his estranged wife and Lyric's mother Misty Morrissey, and possessing, making and dealing methamphetamines.

A judge in Iowa's Black Hawk County agreed to delay the trial, according to the Des Moines Register.

Investigators say Lyric Cook and her cousin Elizabeth Collins left their home to ride their bikes shortly after noon July 13. Their bicycles were later recovered on a trail near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa. Both of their bicycles were recovered on a trail near the lake about four hours after they were reported missing.

Last week the case was reclassified as an abduction.

Misty Morrissey and her husband Dan, the separated parents of Lyric, had stopped answering investigators' questions on the advice of their attorney late last week, although Misty submitted to a second polygraph test Tuesday.

Earlier this week authorities in Iowa investigating the disappearance of the girls obtained new video of the missing girls from the day they vanished. Although the footage of the two girls lasts only seconds, investigators say they now are analyzing it for any clues that could lead to information about the girls

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said Monday that investigators believe the two girls are alive, although she would not offer any details to explain their confidence.

A $50,000 reward is now being offered for information that would lead to their being found.

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Manny Ramirez Arrested After Fight with Wife

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(WESTON, Fla.) -- Former baseball slugger Manny Ramirez was arrested Monday night, accused of hitting his wife during an argument in their Weston, Fla., home.

Ramirez, a former World Series MVP and 12-time All-Star who retired this year after testing positive for drugs for a second time, smacked his wife so hard she hit her head against the headboard of their bed, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

He told police that she hit her head when he grabbed her by the shoulders and “shrugged her,” but officers on the scene said evidence showed he was “the primary aggressor” and that her account was more accurate, the arrest report said.

Ramirez, 39, was charged with battery.

Ramirez was one of baseball’s greatest hitters throughout his 19-year career, primarily with the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox. In 2004, he helped the Red Sox win their first World Series in 84 years, and then again in 2007. Over the last three years of his career, he bounced between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox before ending his career in April with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Enraged Over Child Support, Husband Batters Wife in Front of Judge

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Catie Scott-Gonzalez went to an oral surgeon Wednesday to have her mouth fixed so she can eat solid food again, the latest step in recuperating from a vicious beating inflicted by her husband in front of a judge who was finalizing their divorce.

Her husband, Paul Gonzalez, a former Marine, became enraged when Judge Ronald Rothschild ordered him to pay child support for the couple's two young children. The hearing -- and the alleged beating -- took place in the judge's private chambers at the Broward County Courthouse last Friday.

"The two things that triggered him the most were the child support and custody," Scott-Gonzalez, 23, told "He advised the judge that he thought child support was unconstitutional."

When Rothschild reprimanded Gonzalez, 28, telling him he'd go to jail if he didn't pay child support, the former Marine erupted, Scott-Gonzalez said.

"He had told the judge he was going to take the kids and nobody was going to see them again...I looked at the judge to see the judge's response," she said. "When he came after me, it was from behind...he started strangling me with his left hand and started hitting me on my face with his right hand."

Scott-Gonzalez's mother, Doreen Scott, was outside of the chambers waiting for her daughter to wrap up the proceedings when she heard the tussle.

"We heard banging and screaming and then as I started to run in, all of these bailiffs came from elevators with canine dogs. I just said, 'Where is my daughter?'" Scott said.

Her daughter was lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The first blow to her head had knocked her unconscious. Bailiffs had to Taser Gonzalez twice to subdue him.

The Ft. Lauderdale woman spent three days in the hospital with a broken nose, fractured cheekbone and broken jaw. She was so badly beaten that her children, Isabella, 2, and Nathaniel, 3, didn't recognize their mother.

Scott-Gonzalez's vision is so blurred that she had to withdraw from her college classes because she'll be unable to study for her upcoming finals.

Her now-ex-husband is behind bars on a $1 million bond. He's facing felony battery charges.

Scott-Gonzalez said that this wasn't the first time her four-year marriage has turned violent. She filed for a restraining order twice before, but it was denied. When she separated from her husband a year ago and moved in with her mother, she started carrying a Taser to protect herself. Now she fears for her safety when Gonzalez gets out of jail.

"What would he do if he got me behind closed doors," she said. "I will be fearful for my safety and children's safety for the rest of my life."

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