Fight with girl leads to child abuse charge

A 24-year-old Holmes Beach woman was arrested on a felony child abuse charge following a physical altercation with a girl.

A group of men and women, including Sara Strain, were at a motel July 9 in the 3200 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on routine patrol when he observed Strain leave the Michiani Motel with a swollen eye.

The deputy stopped Strain, who said she had been in a fight with a girl at the motel. The officer interviewed the rest of the group, who said Strain had returned to the motel room for her phone charger and, for no apparent reason, attacked the 17-year-old girl.

According to the arrest report, the girl suffered a swollen face and cut lip. She fought back after being attacked.

Strain told the officer the juvenile was the aggressor, but witnesses signed affidavits saying Strain had attacked the girl.

Strain was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond, which she posted the same day and was released.

Strain is scheduled for a first appearance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at which time the court also will hear a protection order filed against her.

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