October 16, 2013Kenneth Wayne Welch, 42, was sentenced to eight years in state prison Oct. 10 after entering a guilty plea last month to a charge of felony domestic violence.
He was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz. Welch was arrested in June after sheriff's deputies responded to an early morning domestic dispute call at the 22000 block of State Route 76. Upon their arrival they found Welch's girlfriend, Nusun Schlater, suffering from what was previously reported in the Valley Roadrunner as "severe, life threatening head and facial injuries."
Schlater told deputies that Welch attacked her during an argument as they sat with their son near their home on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, according to a San Diego County Sheriffs report issued June 20.
The victim escaped and Welch took his five-month-old son, and fled the scene. Paramedics transported Schlater to a local hospital where she was treated for injuries to her head and face.
According to Lt. Kelly Martinez of the Valley Center Sheriff Substation, Schlater claimed Welch pulled her by the hair, hit her in the head and face with a blackjack and bit her forearm.
Welch was later spotted by a Valley Center deputy in Vista after a statewide Amber Alert was issued to locate the minor, Martinez said. "One of our deputies had spotted him in his vehicle and there was a pursuit," she explained in a phone interview with the Valley Roadrunner.
"He was westbound on Mar Vista Drive in Vista when Deputy Rodriguez saw him and attempted a stop." Welch fled causing a pursuit which terminated on Mar Vista Drive where he collided with a fence.
He again fled the scene, this time on foot and a second chase ensued. Welch was finally apprehended and charged with attempted murder, willful cruelty to child, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety and a felony parole violation. The child was located unharmed in Oceanside.
"It was really a heinous crime," Martinez said.