When Detective Lissette Zuelch arrived at the trailer on Front Street at 9 p.m., she found 24 year old Marjorie Maradiaga holding her 11 month old infant. She was visibly impaired, having trouble standing and slurring her words. Detective Zuelch asked her to hand the child over for safety’s sake. Maradiaga refused. With the help of Deputies Joe Cortner and Wendy Negron, the child was removed from her mother and Maradiaga was then detained as the deputies investigated the complaint they’d been dispatched to.
The child’s father and brother were there. The father has a domestic violence injunction against Maradiaga, which she was in violation of. He said she became violent, chasing him down the street. She hit him several times and bit his back. He showed deputies a bleeding bite mark to back up his story. He said she also attacked his brother. They finally called 911 for help.
The child’s father said Maradiaga threatened to drown their daughter several months before and he said he fears for the child’s safety.
Maradiaga was arrested. She struggled violently with deputies as they attempted to handcuff her. She continued to fight as they placed her in a patrol car. Her feet had to be restrained as well as her hands as she kicked both the deputies and the inside of the car. Once at the jail, she also fight with detention deputies and had to be placed in a special restraint chair to keep her from injuring herself or others.
She was charged with violating a domestic violence injunction, domestic battery, two counts of battery on law enforcement officers, resisting arrest with violence and child neglect.