A Sallisaw woman pleaded not guilty June 17 to a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery.
Athena Nicole Moreno, 22, faces up to five years in the State Penitentiary and a fine of up to $500 on the charge.
On June 13, a Sallisaw police officer responded to a call in reference to an assault. Upon his arrival, a police captain ordered Moreno detained because of prior incidents in Sallisaw that she had allegedly been involved in.
A witness to the altercation told police that Moreno had asked her grandmother for something and when the woman said no, Moreno reportedly became enraged. She allegedly hit her grandmother in the eye, on the nose, her cheekbone and the back of her head.
The grandmother, Loveta Bateman, was sitting on the porch when the officers arrived. She was distraught and bleeding. She was having difficulty breathing and was in pain, the report indicates.
Bateman said she had gone to the store to get a hammer and nails. She said Moreno started screaming at her because Bateman didn’t get her anything to eat. “Athena charged me … and started beating my face into the bedrail of my bed. She started hitting me in my face again. Athena kicked me on the ground … and started driving her knee into my chest. … I am scared to death of her retuning to my house.”
Moreno was arrested and transported to the Sallisaw Police Department.
On June 14, the officer returned to the Jefferson Street address to speak with Bateman. She told him that she had gone to the hospital and received treatment for a broken nose, a laceration on her nose, seven raised knots on her head and bruised ribs.
Moreno’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 12.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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