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Gun Discharges at Park When 2 Grandmothers Fought over Visitation

A gun was fired in Indiana Park on Monday when two grandmothers got into an argument concerning visitation of their grandchild. Both of the women are facing charges and were taken into custody for the allegations.

On June 25, 45-year-old Cristy D. Horton and 47-year-old Tammy Brickles were at Riley Park with their grown children so that one of the women could collect her grandchild for a visit. They had met there after a day that was reportedly filled with disputes between the families because Horton wanted to take her grandson to a fair at the park, and she was told she could not.

The families met at the park just after 6:00 p.m. and the child was inside of one of the cars when the grandmothers reportedly began to argue regarding visitation, and the situation became intense very rapidly. Horton purportedly grabbed a gun, resulting in her son quickly trying to get involved and to take possession of the weapon. At one point during the scuffle, the gun was discharged.

The authorities were notified and officers arrived at the park and noted that no one appeared to have been hurt from the gunfire and that Horton’s son had gotten a small laceration from his involvement in the incident.

Horton and Brickles were both arrested at the scene and booked into the Hancock County Jail.

Horton is facing charges for suspicion of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, intimidation, and battery.

Brickles has been charged with one count of battery.

The Greenfield Police Department reported that they are not sure whether the gunfire was a result of the struggle, or if it was fired deliberately.

If you or someone you love is suspected of battery, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.