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Mother charged with abuse after aggressive argument

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A woman was charged with abuse of a child after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with her 16-year-old daughter shortly after drinking and taking shots together.

On Monday, at about 9:07 p.m., the Roswell Police Department was dispatched to the 2100 block of Prairie Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance.

According to a criminal complaint, after consuming alcohol with her daughter, 34-year-old Janet Brown, of Roswell, grabbed her daughter by the hair, initiating a fight.

According to Brown, a physical argument broke out as a result of rude remarks on the 16-year-old’s behalf.

Brown also said that her daughter struck her first — that’s why she grabbed her hair.

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After the 16-year-old attempted to leave, Brown became upset, and allegedly began to choke her daughter and throw her to the ground.

According to the victim, Brown had bitten her multiple times throughout the fight.

The alleged fight then moved outside. Police said the daughter was able to get away from Brown and later contact her grandmother.

Police contacted Brown again, asking her about what had happened in the front yard.

“Ms. Brown stated that there had not been a fight in the yard, even though there was grass in her hair,” the complaint read. “When asked about the choking, Ms. Brown stated that she never attempted to choke her daughter.”

Photographs were taken of both mother and daughter.

Brown was later placed under arrest and transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for a medical clearance.

On Christmas Eve, 2015, a criminal complaint was filed against Brown in Chaves County District Court, charging her with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which was later dismissed in September 2017 by Judge Freddie J. Romero.

In reference to the child abuse charge, the conditions of release for Brown were set by Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers on Tuesday.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.