Man accused of carrying woman in front of truck indicted 

PAUL BILODEAU/Staff file photo/Michael Baker, wearing a hospital gown and bed sheet at an April hearing in Gloucester District Court, has been indicted on charges related to a domestic incident in Gloucester. "He threw me in front of the truck," his female accuser told police.

A man accused of carrying his ex-girlfriend into the path of a moving dump truck on Washington Street in April has been indicted. 

Michael Baker, 40, of 33 Rosewood Drive in Ipswich will now face charges of attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Salem Superior Court.

The Essex County grand jury handed up the indictments, which were expected, on Thursday. 

The charges stem from an incident on April 19 that started with an argument over custody of a 7-year-old girl and ended with Baker picking up the 40-year-old victim and carrying her into the middle of Washington Street, in Lanesville, as a dump truck approached, police said. 

Baker later admitted to what he'd done, calling it "the craziest thing" he had ever done and blaming it on his bipolar disorder, Gloucester police said. 

Both Baker and the woman suffered injuries; Baker's were serious enough that he was flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital, where he spent three days, before he was handed over to police. He's been held in custody since then. 

The woman was taken to Beverly Hospital and released a day or two after the incident. 

Baker was sent for a mental health evaluation after his initial court appearance in April, delaying court proceedings in the case. Meanwhile, the case was being prepared for presentation to a grand jury. 

The indictment means the case will move from Gloucester District Court to Superior Court, where judges have the authority to impose a state prison term — in this case a total of up to 20 years between the two charges. 

An arraignment date has not been scheduled in Salem Superior Court, according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for the Essex District Attorney's office. 

Staff reporter Ray Lamont contributed to this report.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521,  jmanganis@gloucestertimes.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.