Manchester police officers arrested a woman who allegedly attacked and beat a 2-year-old child in the parking lot of a local supermarket without provocation, according to a Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 press release by Manchester Police.
Police say Lorraine Augustine, 48, no fixed address, is charged with the felony, Second Degree Assault and the misdemeanor, Simple Assault.
The release stated that officers responded to Market Basket, 460 Elm Street on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m. for a report of an injured child.
Upon their arrival, Officers Jeff Fiermonte and Lou Krawczyk met with the victim’s mother, witnesses and the two-year-old victim. Officer Fiermonte attempted to speak with the alleged female assailant, later identified as Lorraine Augustine, but she refused to speak with the officer.
Augustine, police said, has not had any prior contacts with the Manchester Police Department.
The victim’s mother, Krystal Lambert, 26, of Manchester and witnesses, told officers that Augustine allegedly ran up to the mother and daughter as they proceeded to walk into the store, police said.
Reportedly, Lambert told police Augustine started to attack her daughter by pushing her to the ground. Augustine allegedly began hitting the young girl as she lay on the ground crying. Augustine allegedly removed the child’s snow boot and struck her with it before she was pulled off of the child.
Elizabeth Andrews, 36, of Manchester, witnessed the unprovoked attack, and without regard for her own personal safety, ran to the child’s rescue, assisting Lambert in removing Augustine from the child. In doing so, Andrews was punched in her facial area and was treated and released on the scene. The child was transported and treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Based on witness accounts, this was an unprovoked attack, therefor Augustine was placed under arrest and charged with the aforementioned offenses. Lambert told police she did not know Augustine prior to this unfortunate incident.
Source: Manchester Police Department
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