Rockland woman accused of kicking child
Rockland — A 29-year-old Rockland woman was released from custody June 20 on $250 cash bail after she was arrested for assaulting a five-year-old child.
Brandi Libby was charged with felony assault after the victim told his grandparents last month he had been kicked in the head by Libby when his younger brother fell from the couch, and he was blamed for the fall, said the complaint.
The victim told relatives of the abuse after they noticed his eye was swollen and his face was bruised, said an affidavit filed in Knox County Superior Court.
The child was taken to the hospital, and the Department of Health and Human Services contacted Rockland Police to investigate the case.
Libby, who is the mother of four children, told police she did not kick the victim, but may have flicked him while trying to calm him down after disruptive behavior. She also said the victim fell from monkey bars on the playground earlier in the week and the fall could have caused his injury, said court papers.
As terms of Libby's probation, she is not to have contact with the victim, or another 7-year-old child.
Libby will appear in court again Aug. 27.
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