A Carlsbad man is accused of badly beating a woman who took him in.
The woman says she let David Melendrez and his girlfriend stay in her home.
When they got into an argument, the woman says he got violent.
According to a criminal complaint, Melendrez beat her repeatedly, even slicing her arm with a hatchet so deep it required staples.
He’s also accused of shooting off a gun and hitting her with it.
The woman’s two young daughters were in the home at the time.
Melendrez is now facing a long list of charges, including aggravated battery and child abuse.
Carlsbad Police are still trying to piece together how exactly the events unfolded, and are asking anyone with information to give them a call.