Investigators from the Department of Children and Families called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon to report they had video of a 19-year-old woman, Elizabeth Garcia, trying to hit a two-month-old baby girl in the head with a rock, according to to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Witnesses to the attack, which allegedly took place on August 18th, stopped the Marathon woman by grabbing her arm before she could strike the baby, according to the release.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
On the video, Garcia is holding the child by the arm. She has a large piece of concrete in her other hand. Another woman tries to take the child from her, but Garcia refuses to hand her over. Garcis then tries to strike the child in the face with the rock but is stopped by two men standing nearby. The woman then takes the child from her by force, prying the child from her arms.
On the same day the attack on the baby took place, deputies were called to Garcia’s residence. During that call, Garcia pulled a knife during a confrontation with the deputies and was arrested, charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
At the time, no one at the residence told them about the incident with Garcia trying to kill the child, according to the release.
Garcia was taken into custody Friday by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives and charged with attempted murder of a child and child abuse, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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