Police: North Yarmouth man threatened to kill son

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Police arrested a Walnut Hill Road resident Sunday night after he allegedly threatened to kill his 13-month-old son.

Maine State Police and Cumberland Police Department officers responded at about 7 p.m. to 438 Walnut Hill Road home, where an intoxicated man was reportedly causing a disturbance.

Police said James Goodenow, 40, was allegedly threatening to kill his son. The child’s mother, Goodenow’s girlfriend, had reportedly been abused by Goodenow before, and she feared he would harm or kill her and the baby, according to a state police Facebook post.

Goodenow later admitted being frustrated with the child, police said.

Police said they found enough probable cause to arrest Goodenow on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing. When told he would be arrested, Goodenow reportedly said he would not go to jail, and fought with the officers, causing an injury to the left eye of state police Sgt. Kyle Tilsley. Goodenow continued to be combative in custody, according to police.

Goodenow was taken to Cumberland County Jail. He was charged with domestic violence terrorizing, assault on an officer, failure to submit to arrest, and criminal mischief.

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