Domestic violence suspect faces murder charges after victim dies from injuries

A man is behind bars after Yakima police say he caused life-threatening injuries to a woman using a baseball bat.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Jail records say 26-year-old Ricardo Mendoza faces murder charges, as well as burglary, and multiple assault charges in connection with the death of Marcelina Briones.

Briones died after police say Mendoza beat her with a baseball bat Sunday night.

Records say police found Briones badly bleeding in her living room after a neighbor confronted Mendoza and also called for help. The victim was flown to Harborview Medical Center in very critical condition where she later died.

Action News spoke with advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence at the YWCA following this incident Tuesday.

"It's a very upsetting occurrence," said YWCA Program Director Abigail Mott. "It's very common unfortunately. Domestic Violence calls are the majority of calls that the Yakima Police Department receives in a given day. What our hopes for the victim is that they will reach out..."

The Yakima YWCA provides Domestic Violence Awareness Class in English on the second and forth Thursdays of each month 12:00 - 3:00pm; for Spanish classes, call 509-248-7796 to sign up for appointment.

The Yakima YWCA provides domestic violence Support groups Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:00pm (English) and Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm (Spanish).

You can contact the YWCA Yakima 24-hour Hotline at (509) 248-7796 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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