A woman from Vernon is accused of pouring a bleach and water mixture on children who were playing kickball in front of her apartment.
Police said 27-year-old Monique Stevie Mitchell was not happy that five children were playing on her front lawn on Terrace Drive. She told police they were too close to her front porch.
Mitchell threw the mixture at the children twice, according to officers.
She told police that she was trying to clean off her porch after a Popsicle spilled on the ground. She also said that she didn't ask the children to move because she assumed they wouldn't listen to her.
"My son came inside and he told me they were playing kickball and standing near someone's door and she came outside and shot bleach at them," one of the victim's mothers whose identity is not being released, told Eyewitness News.
The children, who were all around the age of 11, were not hurt, but their clothing was splashed with the bleach, police said.
"All these chemicals say hazardous," the victim's mother said. "Keep out of the reach of children, so why would you throw it on the children?"
Mitchell was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a child and second-degree breach of peace.
"This is kind of unusual and there certainly was the potential that these kids could have had bleach splashed in their eye or more seriously injured," Vernon Police Lt. Bill Meier said.
Police said Mitchell, who does not have a criminal record, was released on a $500 bond. She was given a court date of May 24.
Eyewitness News tried to talk to Mitchell, however no one answered her door.
The victim's mother said she still can't believe something like this happened to her child.
"You just don't mess with people's kids. That's something serious," she said.
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