Indiana woman assaults disabled man after he confronts her for punching 3-year-old boy 'out of nowhere'

Indiana woman assaults disabled man after he confronts her for punching 3-year-old boy 'out of nowhere'
Laticia Marie Sharp: Indiana woman, 42 arrested for punching 3-year-old boy (Screenshot from KTRE)

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA: An Indiana woman has been arrested for shockingly punching a 3-year-old boy, who she claimed disrespected her by calling her a derogatory name. Laticia Marie Sharp, 42, was charged with one count of battery by an adult on a person less than 14-years-old injury, according to the court documents obtained by Law & Crime.

During the encounter, she even knocked down a wheelchair-bound man, for which she has been charged with one misdemeanor count of battery resulting in bodily injury. It's not clear what relations the three had with each other.

Sharp was arrested on Friday, November 18 after Evansville Police officers were sent to a home on North Elliot Street at 1:09 pm for a domestic battery in progress.


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Upon their arrival, the officials came across a man confined to a wheelchair. The man, whose identity was not revealed, reportedly called 911. He told the officials that he had witnessed Sharp punch the child. He said the boy was watching television with Sharp when she "out of nowhere brutally struck him."

He also added that when he intervened and yelled at the woman for striking the kid, she punched him as well. He has reportedly suffered a “small cut on his nose”. The officials then examined the residence, where they encountered a young boy in pajamas “with blood all over his face.” Authorities say Sharp had reportedly already fled the scene when police arrived, however, officers found her “hiding in the backyard”.

Multiple witnesses reportedly reiterated to police that Sharp punched the 3-year-old boy, causing his injuries. Authorities say Sharp claims she smacked the child because he was disrespecting her. Sharp was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail, where she was held on a $3,000 bond.

In a recent unrelated case, a 30-year-old Westside woman was arrested for hitting a boy. The woman identified as Shelia Rose was charged with child abuse, and accused of hitting a boy under her supervision. The family of the little one got to know about the abuse when he came back home with a black eye. His aunt informed the police he had been punched.

Police reviewed security camera video at the child care on July 25 and identified Rose hitting the boy, causing him to fall. When the boy sat up again, she acted like she was going to punch him again, then did, causing him to fall again, the arrest report said. However, the woman was released on bail a few hours after her arrest.

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