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Detectives say man allegedly throws ax at sister, child

Meg Hilling
October 31, 2017 05:47 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- A Four Corners man face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse after authorities say he threw an ax at his sister and her boyfriend as they held their child.

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The incident occurred on Oct. 22, when an argument broke out between John Ciani Jr. and his sister.

"It's about 11 o’clock at night. [He] said the 'TV was too loud, can you turn it down?' She stated, 'No, the TV is not too loud. The walls are just thin because it is a mobile home," San Juan County Sheriff's detective Gary Mauldin said.

Detectives say the woman then left the living room and locked her bedroom door. At that point, Ciani allegedly kicked down the door and came in with an ax. No one was seriously hurt.

"A pretty violent outcome for a TV being too loud," Mauldin said.

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