TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Court documents say a child came to school last week with an injured eye – and told investigators a 32-year-old Lafayette woman hit the child with a bottle after she got mad about what was put back into the fridge.
According to Tippecanoe County court documents, the sheriff's office responded on Monday to a report of 12-year-old student at Hershey Elementary School who had an injured eye.
A trained child forensic investigator conducted an interview with the child. The child (whose name and gender were not given) said he/she had been washing dishes the previous Friday when Carmine F. Puetz became angry with the child because an empty pickle jar had been put back into the refrigerator.
When the child denied doing this, court documents say Puetz became even more upset and struck the child with a bottle on the child's left eye. The child said after that, he/she could not see well out of his/her eye, which had become bloodshot and black and purple in color.
Puetz's husband told investigators he was at work when the incident occurred, but said he knew the incident had taken place. He said Puetz had hit the child with what he believed to be a ketchup bottle, swinging it overhand and making a downward motion toward the child.
Court documents say Puetz admitted to investigators that she was upset with the child over the empty pickle jar in the fridge. However, Puetz said when she got upset she had picked up two salad dressing bottles and thrown them at the child, and one of them hit him/her.
Puetz faces two charges: battery on a child, a Class D felony; and criminal recklessness, a Class B misdemeanor.
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