A woman in Vernon was arrested following an argument on Tuesday night that culminated with her throwing lighter fluid on a group of people that included a young teen.
Police said 48-year-old Laverne Mayo believed she was being taunted by a 3-year-old child from the window of a neighboring Union Street apartment.
Just before 9:50 p.m., an argument ensued between Mayo and several adults, who live in the apartment.
"They said my 3-year-old nephew was taunting her through the window and harassing her. She said that," Alisha Baker, who is one of victims, said. "I don't get how a 3-year-old can harass her and my nephew don't swear, so you could tell she was off."
The argument led to Mayo picking up a nearby bottle of lighter fluid and spraying it at the group, which included a 15-year-old teen, according to police.
"She started coming closer to us and she had lighter fluid and sprayed us all with lighter fluid," Baker said.
Police said some of the fluid struck the arm of an adult, but the group was able to shield the teen from it. No one was hurt.
"She could have lit a lighter and we would have been gone," Pam Schultz, who lives in the same complex, said.
Police said they arrested Mayo at the scene and charged her with second-degree breach of peace and risk of injury to a child. She was initially held overnight at the Vernon Police Department in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
Mayo, who is an unemployed, former home health aid worker, faced a judge on Wednesday in Rockville. She looked disheveled as she stood with her attorney. She has had problems with the law before including resisting arrest.
Meanwhile at the apartment complex, the streaks of lighter fluid stained the pavement over what the family said has been an ongoing beef because of Mayo's alleged dislike of the 3-year-old boy and his 10-year-old cousin.
"She comes out. She plays. We're right there, but yet this lady says she's aggravating her, harassing her," Schultz said. "And I'm like how? She's doing nothing but playing with her dolls and playing house. I don't understand it."
Following her court appearance, she was released on a promise to reappear in court on Aug. 31.
Mayo has been ordered to stay away from the family, but they do all live in the same complex. The family said they just hope she gets the help she needs.
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