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Woman charged with frying pan assault

Saturday, July 14, 2012

SENATH, Mo - A Senath woman has been charged by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office with domestic assult in the first degree, armed criminal action, and a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from an incident on June 2, 2012, when 23-year-old, Tameca Bryant hit her two year old son in the head with a 12 inch cast iron skillet, says Senath Cheif of Police Omar Karnes.

Bryant waited until the next day to seek medical attention for the toddler, according to reports.

The child was treated at Twin River's Regional Medical Center in Kennett, and Leboheur hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for a more extensive examination.

At Leboheur hospital, officals say the toddler was diagnosed with a broken left arm, skull fracture on the left side of the head, subdueral Hematoba on the left side of the brain, bruises and dried blook in his left ear, as well as bruises, welts, and marks on his body.

The Senath Police Department was contacted by Family Services, which started the month-long investigation involving the Senath Police Department, Dunklin County Sherif's office, the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Dunklin County Juvenille Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

A warrant was issued for Bryant on Thursday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. She is currently being held at the Dunklin County Justice Center on a $100,000 bond.

Bryant has not yet given a reason for why she hit the child with the iron skillet. At this time, Cheif Karnes says he does not believe drugs or alcohol was involved during the time of the incident.

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