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Hiker Who Cut Off His Own Arm to Survive Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

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"This is just two people trying to work out a difficult relationship."

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Aron Ralston, author and subject of the film "127 Hours," attends the film's premiere at Chelsea Clearview Cinema in New York. Authorities say Ralston, who gained widespread attention when he cut off his forearm to free himself after becoming trapped by a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 in Denver for domestic violence. (AP/Evan Agostini, File)

DENVER (TheBlaze/AP) -- A man who cut off his forearm to free himself from a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon was arrested in Denver on allegations of domestic violence.

Authorities say Aron Ralston and his girlfriend, Vita Shannon, were both booked Sunday on charges of assault and "wrongs to minors." Police say the second charge is used when children are present during an incident but not necessarily hurt.

Aron Ralston Aron Ralston, author and subject of the film "127 Hours," attends the film's premiere at Chelsea Clearview Cinema in New York. Authorities say Ralston, who gained widespread attention when he cut off his forearm to free himself after becoming trapped by a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 in Denver for domestic violence. (AP/Evan Agostini, File)

Police documents said Ralston and Shannon had an altercation with their 8-week-old child present.

According to The Denver Post, Ralston's father said his son didn't hit Shannon or his daughter.

"There apparently was some type of heated argument, police got involved, charges and counter charges were filed. This is just two people trying to work out a difficult relationship," Larry Ralston told the Post.

He added later in the interview that the couple has an "overall a positive relationship," the Post reported.

Watch KCNC-TV's report about the alleged assault:

Messages left with Ralston's publisher, Simon & Schuster, weren't returned.

Ralston cut off his arm to free himself in 2003. He detailed his struggles in a book, which was adapted into the movie "127 Hours."

Booking documents don't indicate if Ralston or Shannon has an attorney. They're scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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