GPD: Woman arrested after putting child in headlock

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:12 a.m.

A woman who put her friend’s daughter in a wrestling headlock was arrested on a child abuse charge Tuesday evening, Gainesville police Lt. Mike Schibuola said.

Cherry Smith, 33, was charged with one count of child abuse and one count of resisting an officer with violence following an incident that was reported about 6:36 p.m.

Smith was at the home of a friend when she became intoxicated and put the friend’s four-year-old daughter in a “double nelson headlock” that was hurting the girl, police reported.

Police took Smith into custody and, while she was being searched, she tried to kick one of the officers, Schibuola said.

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