Woman charged with breaking glass mug against niece's face

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 27, 2014 

An argument over money escalated quickly Tuesday after a Farr Road woman broke a glass mug against her niece's face, according to a Columbus Police report.

The 19-year-old victim told police she went to her aunt's home in a mobile home park at 988 Farr Road to pick up her 10-month-old child at about 1:40 p.m. She had recently moved out, but her aunt, 52-year-old Gwendolyn Toney, was still babysitting for her occasionally.

When she entered the home, the woman realized she could not find her baby's car seat. She left and came back with a new car seat, at which point Toney came out of bedroom and started demanding an undisclosed amount of money her niece owed her.

The niece told Toney that she could not give her the full amount because she spent part of it on the car seat. According to the report, Toney became furious and is accused of shouting, "I guess I'll take it out of your (expletive)!"

The two fell onto the couch in the heat of the battle, leading Toney to kick her niece repeatedly. At one point, Toney is accused of taking a glass mug and hitting the victim in the leg.

When the victim's boyfriend tried to enter the home, the victim reported that Toney locked the door and said, "I'm not through with you yet." She took a glass mug and hit her niece in the face, shattering the mug in the process.

Toney told police that the argument actually began over her niece's parenting. When her niece ignored her, she grabbed her to try and force her to listen, initiating the fight.

She also told police that she meant to hit her niece's boyfriend, not her niece, with the glass mug, according to the report. Toney has repeatedly informed her niece that she does not want her niece's boyfriend around.

The niece received a small laceration and swelling to the left side of her face during the altercation.

Toney was charged with family violence related battery and taken to Muscogee County Jail.

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