Police have charged a Lancaster County man with the Wednesday night death of his girlfriend, Virginia Cole, and the assault of her 12-year-old daughter.
In court papers, police say 33-year-old Shane Sigman "admitted ... that he pushed his girlfriend, Virginia, which resulted in her falling down a flight of stairs." He also told police he kicked at Cole's daughter.
The Lancaster County Coroner said Cole's death is consistent with blunt force trauma to the head and face. Police responded to the New Providence home shortly after 10 p.m. and found Cole and Sigman lying on the floor. Cole was deceased and had blood on her face. Sigman had blood on his hands and chest.
Cole's daughter told police that Sigman had been drinking and he and her mother were arguing before she and two other boys went upstairs. Sigma told police he and Cole were arguing about the refusal of Cole's daughter to eat dinner.
Police papers say Sigma went upstairs and was yelling at Cole's daughter before her mother told Sigma to go downstairs to talk things over.
"He said, 'you first,'" Trooper George Forsyth wrote in the affidavit.
Police say Cole had started walking down the stairs when her daughter heard slapping and hitting sounds.
"You are trying to play games," the girl said she heard Sigman say.
"No I'm not," Cole responded.
The girl then said she heard someone tumbling down the stairs. She told police Sigman then cursed at her, kicked her in the face and tried to punch her. Police say she had bruising and cuts around her mouth.
After seeing her mother lying at the bottom of the stairs, the girl ran to the neighbor's house for help. The neighbor told police the girl told her, "My mom was there, he was hitting my mom, he had a gun and pushed her down the steps."
Sigman was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and simple assault Thursday. He is being kept at Lancaster County Prison.
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