21-year-old Dameon Marmolejo had pled guilty to beating 18-year-old Solidad Torres and today faces sentencing for the crime.
He is facing charges of inflicting serious bodily harm.
Marmolejo, who was living in Texas at the time, was arrested August last year after his girlfriend was rushed to the hospital covered in bruises and cuts shaped like his shoes.
It later emerged that Marmolejo attacked Solidad after he saw a Snapchat message on her phone, prompting him to beat and assault her so severely that she was left hospitalised and unconscious.
Both Solidad and Dameon initially met on Snapchat—a popular messaging app where people are able to set expiry limits on their messages so that photos and texts will be permanently deleted after a fixed amount of time has passed—but deleted the app soon after they became a couple.
However, Torres later reinstalled the app, prompting Dameon to believe that she was cheating on him.
Solidad spoke of how he then became enraged, slapped her across the face, and then threw her onto the ground. She rolled over trying to keep herself protected but he leant over her and repeatedly punched her in the sides and back.
During this time he began stamping on her head over and over, leaving bruises so clear and distinct that police used them to match his shoes and confirm that it was him behind the attack.
Solidad managed to flee into the bathroom but Dameon broke down the door and then beat her head against the bathtub over and over until she fell unconscious.
When Solidad was rushed to the hospital she had a gaping head wound and required fifteen stitches just to close it. Other wounds also needed staples, three of which were on her head.
After matching the bruises to Dameon’s shoes police arrested him and charged with inflicting serious bodily harm. He subsequently pled guilty, and it has been revealed that it was Dameon who phoned 911 after his outburst.
Since the attack Solidad’s mother released the photos and details of the violent assault on Facebook. She has begun campaigning for awareness and action against domestic abuse, saying,
“No person, no matter the circumstances deserves this or any other person's act of physical violence.”