Man Allegedly Attacks Girlfriend Over "Like" on Facebook, Searches Body for Cheating Evidence

Marcus O'Neal, 28.
Marcus O'Neal, 28.

Springfield resident Marcus O'Neal's jealousy erupted this month -- allegedly over a Facebook "like" of his girlfriend.

O'Neal, 28, is accused of shutting his windows so neighbors wouldn't hear the screams of his girlfriend -- or the cries of four children forced to watch as he attacked her.

And that is apparently not the worst part of the allegations against O'Neal, who is now facing three counts of domestic assault charges.

The woman nearly blacked out at one point during the abuse, and O'Neal stripped her of her clothes and "inspected for signs of infidelity," court documents say, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

The paper says that he became violent after seeing his girlfriend had liked a photo on Facebook of a female friend posing with a man who made him jealous:

The woman pleaded that she had no interest in the man but O'Neal slapped her in the face, according to court documents.

From the hallway, she tried make a break for the bathroom and lock the door. But, according to the documents, O'Neal grabbed her, picked her up by the neck and carried to the bedroom.

He turned to the kids and said their mother was cheating on him; he called her a "whore," according to the documents.

In the bedroom, police say, O'Neal slapped her again.

After that, the children allegedly begged that he would stop -- but he threatened to kill her and their grandmother.

The man was arrested and is incarcerated in Greene County Jail with a $25,000 bond set.

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