Police: Mother arrested after bloodying nose of 3-year-old

Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

A Hawthorne woman was arrested Saturday afternoon on accusations she struck and then violently shook her 3-year-old child in a parking lot in the 2300 block of North Main Street.

Lisa Teresa Truesdale, 43, was seen by several witnesses striking her child five to six times in the head and torso.

Witnesses told the Gainesville Police Department they heard “blood-curdling” screams coming from the east side of the parking lot, where Truesdale was located.

As witnesses approached, they observed Truesdale lifting up the child, dropping her on the ground and then shaking the child. Truesdale then pulled the child to her nearby vehicle and placed her inside.

The child was bleeding from her nose, witnesses told police. Police later observed blood on the victim’s shirt and inside her right nostril, according to a report.

Truesdale’s 5-year-old granddaughter told police she saw her grandmother spank the victim.

Truesdale told police the child threw a tantrum after telling her she needed to urinate.

Truesdale led the child to a grassy area in the parking lot to urinate, but the child changed her mind, saying she no longer had to use the restroom. She then refused to pull her pants back up, Truesdale told police.

Truesdale said she never struck the victim but was only trying to help the child put her pants back on.

Truesdale was arrested Saturday at 12:40 p.m. and charged with felony child abuse. She was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Sunday without bond.

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