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ARLINGTON, Va. —   Police said a man accused of beating a woman with a wooden leg of a chair will not be charged.

Arlington County police went to a home connected to the embassy of Equatorial Guinea on Monday night for a domestic violence call.

Police said Tuesday that the man will not be charged with a crime because he has full diplomatic immunity.

The woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

WJLA reported that  a man who said he was a worked at the home in question called the incident a “family matter” and said a father was disciplining his child.

However, the station talked to a neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said this was not the first time police had been to the home.

“I once heard a couple arguing on the front lawn, about maybe three weeks or a month ago … and the police were called once before; there were several police cars out there,” the woman told WJLA. “But generally, they are quiet and good neighbors.”

According to its website, the U.S. State Department can ask the home country to waive diplomatic immunity in the case of a serious crime.

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