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'American Idol' Contestant Accused of Breaking In and Hitting Ex

'American Idol' Contestant Accused of Breaking In and Hitting Ex
"American Idol" contestant Cecil Ray Baker is seen in a police booking photo after being arrested on charges of Burglary of Habitation on April 17, 2021 in Rockdale, Texas. (Photo by Rockdale Police Department via Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 April 2021 12:17 PM

"American Idol" contestant Cecil Ray Baker was arrested after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and hitting her in the face, according to reports.

The 20-year-old, who was eliminated last week from the ABC show, was charged on Saturday with burglary of habitation with intent to commit assault, Rockdale Police confirms to People. He was released on a bond of $15,000 the same day.

Baker allegedly arrived at the house of his ex-girlfriend, Mariah Lopez, demanding to see her daughter, who he believes to be his child, KXXV-TV noted. When she refused to let him enter, he broke in, pushed her down to the floor and "struck her in the face with a palm heel" before leaving, TMZ reported, citing an affidavit. 

According to arrest records, a Rockdale police officer responding to the victim's call on April 14 arrived at the scene to find Lopez had swelling and redness on her left cheek where Baker allegedly struck her. 

Lopez spoke out about the alleged abuse in a video on TikTok

"My daughter and I are happy, healthy and safe" she captioned the video. "I know your family has seen your behavior and honestly it is disgusting that they are okay with it and trying to deny it," she continued. "There were times where it was hard to leave. You would keep reeling me back in."

Lopez included several photos of bruises on her arms and legs as well as a photo of her door that was reportedly damaged during the incident.

"The truth will eventually come out. But in all honesty, I just hope that you decide to do better," she continued. "I hope one day that you change and hold yourself accountable. I hope one day you can change and flourish into the person that you need to be."

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