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Former 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said Thursday.

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said McDonald was scheduled to be arraigned later in the day on those charges and additional charges of child endangerment and violating a court order stemming from the same incident.

A call to McDonald's attorney, Steve Defilippis, was not immediately returned.

Prosecutors said McDonald broke into the woman's bedroom around 4 a.m. on May 25 and assaulted her while his driver tried to stop him and she tried to get away. They said he eventually left the scene, but then returned as police were interviewing the victim before his driver sped away.

McDonald was arrested later that morning. He was arrested again two days later when police and the women arrived at the home to find McDonald there in violation of a restraining order, prosecutors said.

Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, the 49ers released McDonald on Dec. 17. The Chicago Bears released him after his May 25 arrest.