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January 16, 2013

Mother, daughter arrested

Grandchild taken by CPS; mother faces B felony aggravated battery charge

JEFFERSONVILLE — A mother and daughter were arrested by Jeffersonville police following an alcohol-fueled incident in Beech Grove Apartments that involved an assault on a police officer and a minor being removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Police responded to the residence of Kimberly Wright, 50 and her daughter Dawn Wright, 29, in the apartment complex located on Allison Lane about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers from the Jeffersonville Police Department were dispatched after a 911 call had been made from the home, and the caller hung up. Dispatchers returned the call and reported to the officers en route that a complaint had been made that someone was beating up a child.

Police reported that on their arrival, Kimberly Wright was in the home and showed signs of intoxication that included a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and loss of balance.

Kimberly Wright told the officers that she had been in an argument with Dawn Wright over Dawn Wright’s child, who was also in the home when police arrived.

“Ms. Wright stated that her daughter, Dawn, left the apartment prior to police arrival due to being intoxicated and afraid of getting in legal trouble,” the officer noted in the police report.

As police were in the home, Kimberly Wright was asked several times to stop walking around the apartment so the officers could conduct their investigation. She was also asked to quit cursing and yelling due to the child being present.

“Mrs. Wright refused, attempting to push me out of the way,” according to an officer’s remark in the report. “I then used soft-hand contact to stop Ms. Wright from trying to push me.”

According to the report, Kimberly Wright, “then started screaming, advising [her grandchild] to jump out of the window and run.”

Officers spoke with the child who said that his mother and grandmother had been yelling at one another and that his mother had wrested around with him.

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