POLICE Boca Husband Arrested Twice In A Week After Attacking Pregnant Wife
Husband Jailed After Allegedly Attacking Pregnant Wife. Chokes Victim. Arrested Again Christmas Eve For Returning And Violating Protective Order. A Pending Divorce On Record.
Boca Raton, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — A West Boca Raton man spent Christmas Eve and much of Christmas day in jail after being arrested for violating a protective order in place from an alleged attack he was arrested on only 6 days prior.
On December 18th, 20201, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Lumsden household on Swordfish Dr. in the Boca Winds neighborhood of West Boca regarding a domestic disturbance call. According to the arrest report, responding deputies found a frantic wife, Melanie Lumsden, 37, in front of the house waving them down and crying.
Melanie reported to responding deputies that her husband, Matthew Lumsden, 38, came home drunk from a Christmas party and repeatedly told her “I wish I could buy you a fat piece of shit”. Melanie said that when she asked him to leave he then grabbed her by her neck and started to strangle her and bring her to the bedroom. Melanie reported that he then threw her on to the bed and began to bite her left ring finger. Deputies confirmed that the visible injuries on Melanie were consistent with her story.
Deputies then spoke with Matthew Lumsden who said that when he got home from the party his wife was just yelling at him but he doesn’t remember anything after that. Matthew acknowledged to deputies that he knew his wife was pregnant and that they have been arguing for a while. When Matthew was in the back of the patrol car he told deputies that his wife grabbed the back of his neck first. When the deputy asked why there was no red marks he then responded saying he didn’t want to talk any more.
Matthew Lumsden was ultimately arrested for “784.045(1B) BATTERY KNEW SHE WAS PREGNANT DOMESTIC” and booked in to the Palm Beach County Jail on 12/19 at about 12am. He spent the day in jail and was released on 12/20 at about 7:30pm on $5,000 bond.
According to court records, On 12/22/21, Melanie Lumsden and her lawyers started court proceedings to dissolve the marriage. The court paperwork suggests that Melanie has been the victim of abuse by Matthew Lumsden for an extended period of time. Melanie is seeking sole custody,
This isn’t the first time the marriage was subject to divorce proceedings. Just 6 months earlier, 6/10/21, Matthew Lumsden was the petitioner a similar court filing. In July, Matthew Lumsden and his lawyers requested a motion to abate the dissolution stating they needed a few months to reconcile the marriage. That was finalized in October. The marriage was ‘reconciled’.
Just prior to the petition filed by Matthew for ‘irreconcilable differences’, wife Melanie filed for a protective order against husband in May of 2021. In paperwork submitted to the court, Melanie documents that the divorce is pending. The latest acts of violence documented in the report is that Matthew slapped Melanie in the face with an open hand in front of their two daughters after he come home in his mothers car after staying out all night.
Included in the protective order Melanie reports that she found videos on the husbands phone of him allegedly having sex with her while she is sleeping. Melanie alleges that there is 1 video that she gave him permission to make earlier in the day; however, she claims he later made 3 unauthorized recordings of him having ‘graphic sexual intercourse’ with her while she was sleeping. She says ‘The 3 Videos he recorded without my consent as I was passed out! Sleeping. He Raped Me’.
Most recently, Matthew Lumsden was arrested on another Felony – 921.244 VIOLATION OF NO CONTACT ORDER (DOMESTIC).
While the Boca Post is waiting for the arrest affidavit, what we currently know is Matthew Lumsden was arrested for violating the protective order on 12/24/21. He spent Christmas Eve in jail and was released later on Christmas day at about 3PM on another $5,000 bond.
We will update this as more information becomes available.