Police report: Woman arrested after punching pregnant woman in face

A St. Augustine Police officer arrested a 27-year-old woman Wednesday night after he said she punched a pregnant woman in the face.

Chanterica Laesha Williams, of St. Augustine, was booked into the St. Johns County jail on a single count of aggravated battery on a pregnant person after the incident at an Arricola Avenue apartment, a police report shows.

The officer who filled out the report said he responded to the apartment around 10 p.m. after receiving a complaint of a disturbance there.

Upon arrival, he found Williams “aggressively knocking” at the door of the apartment.

After a brief discussion, Williams explained she and the female occupant of the apartment had been in a relationship for the past five years and the officer said Williams indicated they had just been in a “slight tussle” over the custody of their child. It was during this conversation, the officer noted, that Williams indicated she knew the other woman was pregnant.

After another officer spoke with the woman in the apartment, the two officers determined Williams had likely made entry into the apartment and “barged into the bedroom” where she found the other woman sitting on the corner of the bed. Williams then pushed the woman “down on the bed and struck her in the face with a closed fist on the right cheek,” the report says. The woman showed no visible signs of injury, but did complain of pain in her cheek, the report says. Williams was arrested at the scene and taken to the jail without further incident.

State highway patrol monitoring two fires

Florida Highway Patrol is warning motorists to use caution and be prepared for areas of low visibility in the areas of two fires burning in Flagler and Putnam counties.

In separate news releases Thursday, the highway patrol said drivers should be ready for smoky or fog-like conditions, particularly during night and the early morning hours. Motorists in the areas should use low-beam headlights and reduce speed as necessary to avoid collisions, the releases said.

The 3-acre fire in Flagler County is in Bunnell near State Road 100 and Old Haw Creek Road.

The Putnam County fire, said to be about 85 acres, is burning in the area of S.R. 100 and County Road 315.

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