August 27, 2011

Woman charged with attempting to murder two month old child

Marathon – A 19 year old Marathon woman was arrested Friday evening, charged with attempting to murder a two month old child.

Investigators from the Department of Children and Families called the Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon to report they had video of 19 year old Elizabeth Garcia trying to hit the female child in the head with a rock. Witnesses to the attack, which allegedly took place on August 18th, stopped her by grabbing her arm before she could strike the baby. The child cannot be identified due to state laws protecting the identity of victims of child abuse.

On the video, Garcia is holding the child by the arm; she has a large piece of concrete in her other hand. Another woman tries to take the child from her, but Garcia refuses to hand her over; she then tries to strike the child in the face with it and is stopped by two men standing nearby. The woman then takes the child from her by force, prying the child from her arms.

On the same date the incident with the baby took place, deputies responded to a call at Garcia’s residence. During that call, Garcia pulled a knife during a confrontation with the deputies and was arrested, charged with carrying a concealed weapon. At the time, no one at the residence told them about the incident with Garcia trying to kill the child.

Garcia was taken into custody Friday by detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, charged with attempted murder of a child and child abuse.

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