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article image'Sound asleep' assault charge being fought by Oregon couple

By Stephanie Dearing     Apr 24, 2010 in Crime
Keizer - Two months ago a sleeping man beat his wife up. She claims he has never hurt her before, but she called 911 for medical assistance. Her husband was arrested for the incident.
Adam Kearns has been diagnosed with REM sleep disorder after an incident on February 20th that not only hurt his wife, but has resulted in the family being split up. The father of three was arrested and charged with assault after he punched his wife in the face three times -- while sound asleep. This is what both he and his wife, Randi claim. Adam has been ordered to stay away from his wife, although he is allowed to see his children.
The Keizer Times said the couple went out on a date night Friday, February 19th. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the couple's five-year-old entered their bedroom, crying and screaming. Randi woke up, and in a befuddled state, was attempting to comfort the child. She said her husband appeared to wake up, punched her in the face three times, then fell back asleep in bed. Randi called for medical assistance, which brought the police. Randi's parents were staying with the family, and Randi claims her parents also witnessed Adam sound asleep.
A doting wife, Randi claims her husband is not a violent man, and has never, prior to the sleep assault, ever hit her in their ten years of marriage. The two would like to have their family reunited once again, and are fighting Adam's criminal charge on the grounds that he was not aware of his actions.
The couple are broken up over being separated. Adam said Randi is his soul mate.
The case is bringing attention to REM sleep behaviour disorder, which is a disorder wherein people act out their dreams. The disorder is treatable. The Dr. Oz show ran a feature on REM sleep behaviour disorder on April 19th.
Adam spent the rest of the February 20th weekend in jail. His employer, the Oregon Department of Human Services, has put him on paid administrative leave for an unspecified period of time. He will have a court date on May 5th.
In domestic assault cases, Oregon has "pro-arrest" laws, which make it mandatory for the police to arrest the person who committed the injury.
The Domestic Violence Resource Center says that one out of every four American women will experience domestic violence. In Oregon, however, the number is lower, with one out of every ten women experiencing domestic violence.
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