A U.S. Marine who was found badly beaten outside a Stafford, Virginia, restaurant is facing child neglect charges after police say they learned he left his young children at home to go to the bar.
Aaron Bauman, 31, left his 6- and 7-year-old children at home alone for four hours Saturday to go to Mick’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office says.
While there, Bauman hit a patron and knocked over another, which led to a larger fight between three or four people, a witness told investigators.
Police do not know what sparked the fight.
Surveillance footage shows Bauman attempting to punch a bouncer while being escorted out of the bar, police said. Several other people began attacking Bauman in response.
Deputies found Bauman unconscious and laying in a small pool of blood near the entrance of the bar at 1:40 a.m. Sunday. The sheriff's office said he had bruises and abrasions to the left side of his face, forearms and knees.
Bauman, a U.S. Marine, was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of serious facial injuries and head trauma.
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Bauman has been charged with two counts of child neglect. The incident at the restaurant is still under investigation.