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Eyewitness: Mom and son, 14, pepper sprayed woman, Decatur police say

Eyewitness: Mom and son, 14, pepper sprayed woman, Decatur police say


DECATUR — A 36-year-old Decatur woman faces a charge of aggravated battery in a public place after she put pepper spray in another woman's face during an altercation Wednesday night, police said. 

A signed police affidavit said officers were dispatched to North Charles and East Walnut streets at about 7:48 p.m. Wednesday. A 31-year-old woman victim told police that neighborhood children "jumped" her daughter on East Leafland Avenue, and when she went to that area, the woman saw her daughter arguing with four other children. 

The 31-year-old woman approached the 36-year-old woman and asked her why her children got into a fight with her daughter, the affidavit said. The arrested woman then pulled out a "can of mace" and sprayed the victim in the eyes, the affidavit said. 

The victim's daughter told police that the arrested woman's 14-year-old son sprayed her in the eyes with the pepper spray after his mother handed him the can, the affidavit said. An eyewitness backed up the two victim's accounts, the affidavit said. 

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

Jail records did not show that the woman was held in the Macon County Jail Thursday night. She is due for arraignment on June 26. 

Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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