BENNINGTON - Police have cited a young mother, and a 21-year-old woman for allegedly fighting on Pleasant Street in close proximity to a baby.
According to Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean, on Wednesday afternoon Bennington Police Officer Thomas Bull was in the area of Pleasant Street when he was called to the front of St. Peters Church for a reported fight. Dean said there were "numerous young ladies" in the area and two groups of them appeared to have been fighting. Nearby was a baby in a stroller, unsecured and unattended.
According to Dean an investigation indicated the 16-year-old had been pushing her baby in a stroller up Pleasant Street when they passed a group of females in the nearby TD Bank parking lot. He said Billie-Jean Reynolds, 21, of Pownal, approached the 16-year-old, grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the head after accusing her of having relations with her boyfriend.
Dean said the mother fought back and both females went to the ground where they continued to fight.
The Department of Children and Families was contacted to ensure the child's safety. Reynolds and the mother were cited for simple assault and are scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division in October.