Woman ac­cused of sit­ting on in­fant and toddler ap­pears in court.

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer Tia Lyons may be con­tacted at 870862-6611 or [email protected] el­do­radonews. com.

An El Dorado woman ap­peared in 35th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict Court Fri­day fol­low­ing an ar­rest in which she was ac­cused of sit­ting on an in­fant and a toddler, her niece and nephew, and strik­ing an­other rel­a­tive in the head with a bot­tle.

Shantel R. Lewis, 28, of 160 Har­gett Drive, was ar­rested by El Dorado po­lice Thurs­day for ag­gra­vated as­sault on a fam­ily or house­hold mem­ber and third-de­gree domestic bat­tery.

Lewis was still be­ing held in the Union County Jail Fri­day late Fri­day af­ter­noon in lieu of a $5,000 bond that was is­sued hours ear­lier dur­ing a first ap­pear­ance hear­ing dis­trict court.

Just after mid­night Thurs­day, po­lice re­sponded to a call about a wel­fare con­cern for two small chil­dren — a girl and boy, ages 1 and just un­der 2 months, re­spec­tively.

The chil­dren’s mother, who is also Lewis’s sis­ter, told po­lice that she and Lewis had ar­gued while at Lewis’s Har­gett Street res­i­dence.

The com­plainant said she walked away from Lewis and an­other woman who was at the res­i­dence at the time and Lewis fol­lowed her into the kitchen and attempted to strike her.

She noted that Lewis had babysat the 1-year-old girl Jan. 8 and when she ar­rived to pick up the girl then, she no­ticed a small cut and bruis­ing around the child’s left eye.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, the ar­gu­ment be­tween the com­plainant and Lewis be­gan over an un­re­lated is­sue.

How­ever, the com­plainant said Lewis yelled at her about the child’s in­juries, pre­sum­ably after the com­plainant had con­fronted Lewis about the mat­ter.

The com­plainant said she went up­stairs to get a bot­tle for her in­fant son and when she walked back down­stairs, Lewis was sit­ting on top of the chil­dren on the couch.

She said her son was not vis­i­ble at all and she could see only her daugh­ter’s feet un­der­neath Lewis’s body.

She said she im­me­di­ately ran to the couch and tried to pull Lewis off the chil­dren.

An­other rel­a­tive told of­fi­cers that she and other rel­a­tives had been called ear­lier to Lewis’s res­i­dence to meet with the com­plainant re­gard­ing “an on­go­ing dis­tur­bance.”

When they ar­rived, they heard scream­ing in­side the res­i­dence, the other rel­a­tive said.

She said they en­tered the res­i­dence and saw Lewis sit­ting on the chil­dren, adding that both chil­dren’s faces were facing down­ward.

She noted that Lewis weighs “in ex­cess of 200 pounds.” Lewis’s weight was listed as 240 pounds in an ar­rest re­port.

The chil­dren’s mother said that when her other rel­a­tives ar­rived, they helped her pull Lewis off the chil­dren.

She also noted that the other woman who had been at the res­i­dence ear­lier sat on the other end of the couch and talked on the phone dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The se­cond com­plainant told of­fi­cers that after they pulled the chil­dren away from Lewis, Lewis grabbed a glass bot­tle con­tain­ing an al­co­holic bev­er­age and struck her in the fore­head with the bot­tle.

No se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported. Po­lice said the in­fant had a crease on the side of his face that is be­lieved to have re­sulted from his face hav­ing been pressed into the couch. The other rel­a­tive re­port­edly sus­tained a mi­nor in­jury to the fore­head.

Lewis was taken into cus­tody shortly after of­fi­cers re­sponded to the ini­tial call about the wel­fare con­cern.


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