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Daulton Arrested on Domestic Charge

August 6, 2003

LARGO, Fla. (AP) _ Former All-Star catcher Darren Daulton was arrested on a charge of violating a no-contact order with his estranged wife. He contends he wanted to visit two of his children.

He was released from Pinellas County Jail on his own recognizance on Monday, jail officials said. No court date has been set, said his lawyer, Jay Hebert.

Daulton was arrested by Largo police Sunday after his wife, Nicole Daulton, found him sleeping with their children inside the home she shares with them. He had been ordered to have no contact with his wife while a domestic battery charge, stemming from a May 27 arrest, is pending.

``He had no contact with his wife, who he’s separated from,″ Hebert said Wednesday. ``He simply went into his house and went in to see his kids.″

Daulton, 41, said his two oldest children, ages 3 and 2, had both been recently injured, one with a broken toe and the other with a dislocated elbow.

``I promised them I would come see them,″ Daulton told The St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday. ``If that’s a crime, then I will probably do it again.″

Daulton does not have a listed telephone number and could not be reached Wednesday for further comment.

Daulton admitted slapping his wife during an argument, leading to the May arrest on battery charges, according to Largo police records. He was to enter a diversion program that could lead to the battery charge being dropped, but his latest arrest could jeopardize those plans, Hebert said.

He was sentenced to one year of probation in June, following a January charge of driving under the influence.

A three-time All-Star, Daulton spent 14 years in the majors, 13 1/2 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was traded to Florida midway through the 1997 season and won the World Series with the Marlins that year. He made one other World Series appearance, with the Phillies in a 1993 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Daulton hit .245 in his career with 137 home runs and 588 RBIs. He served as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ bullpen coach in 2001.

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