Woman charged in attack on child

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 30-year-old woman was arrested after she attacked a man’s daughter at a home, deputies said.

Jennifer AnnMarie Carrick, of the 500 block of 8th Street, Vero Beach, was charged with child abuse and battery. She was released Wednesday from the Indian River County Jail on $3,000 bail.

Jennifer Carrick

Deputies responded to the scene shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home in the 30 block of 21st Street SW, Vero Beach. Deputies spoke with the complainant, who said he had gotten into an argument with Carrick.

He said the argument got physical when Carrick punched him in the back of the head several times and scratched him. The man showed deputies the back of his head, which had a bulge and was bleeding.

After the attack, the man couldn’t find his cell phone to call 911, so he went to a neighbors house to use their phone, deputies said. When he left the driveway and then heard his daughter screaming, he ran back inside the home.

The man saw Carrick punching and kicking his daughter and pulling her hair while Carrick was standing over her. He then grabbed Carrick by the throat and punched her to get her off of his daughter, deputies said.

Carrick left the home before deputies arrived at the scene. The daughter, who had minor redness and swelling to her face, declined treatment.

Deputies went to Carrick’s home about 10 p.m. Tuesday and spoke with Carrick, who denied the child abuse allegations. She was arrested and taken to the county jail for booking.

Vero News does not list the relationship(s) between the victims and defendants in child abuse or molestation cases.

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