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Domestic violence case charge dropped against Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia

Posted: 11:40 AM, Dec 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-15 12:04:26-05
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout after giving up four runs in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their game at Citi Field on May 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A judge in New Jersey has dropped a charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint against Mets star relief pitcher Jeurys Familia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

FORT LEE, N.J.  — A judge in New Jersey has dropped a charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint against Mets star relief pitcher Jeurys  Familia.

Familia had been charged with simple assault stemming from an incident in his Fort Lee apartment in the early morning of Oct. 31. Police said Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, was left with scratches on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek.

But the judge dropped the charge Thursday after Prosecutor Arthur Balsamo said he met with Rivas and her lawyer.

Balsamo said Rivas told him that her husband never hurt her and that the scratch came from the couple’s 1-year-old child.

The 2016 All-Star could face a Major League Baseball suspension if he’s found to have violated its domestic violence policy.

Familia was previously featured in an anti-domestic violence ad campaign. He pleaded not guilty to a disorderly persons charge stemming from a domestic violence case following his Oct. 31 arrest.

The pitcher serves as the Mets closer.