Dirty Diaper Leads to Fight Between Neighbors

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2012 --- 1:53 p.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Neighbor Trouble

Incident Date: 10/28/2012 - 4:17 PM

Address: 2000 block Northport Dr.

Details: In the end, it was never clear to the investigating officer just who had soiled the diaper, but it was definitely left outside the door of one upset woman and she admitted to moving it to the doorstep of another. The 32-year old said she was “frustrated,” and admitted “I dropped the Pamper off at her door.” She was referring to a 30-year old woman who lives in a nearby Northport Dr. townhouse. The frustration, she said, was because she believed a family member of the 30-year old had called her a name, and that this name calling came right around the time she discovered the dirty diaper.

By the time the diaper derby was over the two women were in the middle of a physical confrontation, with the one who had the diaper at her doorstep last receiving the brunt of the physical injuries. The officer noted the 30-year old had a large bump on her forehead, a bleeding cut above an eyebrow, with more on her arms and an ankle. There were also scratches “that were possibly caused by fingernails” on her chest and on a shoulder. She said the injuries happened after she came outside as her neighbor was making noise about the discarded diaper. As she stepped out, she says the other woman swung a battery charger, for some type of electronic device, and nailed her in the forehead.

During the ensuing struggle she says the woman also grabbed her by the hair which caused her to fall of a small retaining wall. She believes this is when she struck a brick or block causing the injury to her eyebrow. She says the suspect hit her, and she kicked back. There was pushing, but she doesn’t remember any scratching. She says the scrap ended when she pulled a grocery cart in-between them. The other woman says this was not so much a pull as a toss. She says the other woman “threw the cart,” causing her an ankle injury.

Assessing injuries to both, the officer determined the 32-year old would be cited and released for battery and disorderly conduct. He advised both women to avoid the other, and that if one tried to provoke something in the future, that the other should call police, and to not try to resolve future disputes by taking it outside again.

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