Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 7, 2013

Woman punched in face over library book

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A mom on an outing to the local library with her son was punched in the face by another mom after the victim politely corrected the woman's child for taking a book that the young boy was in the process of checking out.

The incident took place Saturday at the Art Circle Library off East St. shortly before 1 p.m., according to Ptl. Jason Wilson's report. No arrests were made and while the victim was left bleeding, she was not hurt seriously.

It all began when the victim, visiting the library with her young son, saw a young girl take a book from a stack that her son had gathered to check out and take home to read. The victim asked the girl to put the book back, explaining that she and her son were checking the books out to take home.

The girl's mother apparently witnessed the incident, and complained that the victim needed to apologize to her daughter, which the victim said she did, according to Wilson's report.

The victim checked out the books and was leaving the library with her sister and her son when the mother of the girl drove up in a brown Chevrolet pickup truck and started yelling at the mom.

The woman then exited the pickup truck and followed the victim a short distance before striking her several times in the face with her fist. The two women being accosted called 911 for help and the attacker fled.

The suspect was described as having black hair and being about five-foot, seven-inches tall. Registration of the pickup truck was also provided to investigators, but the computer system was down and police were not able to check to whom the vehicle is registered.

Investigation is continuing.