A Cecilia woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with kidnapping a minor and assaulting a Hardin County sheriff’s deputy last month.
Chantelle Coates, 28, is charged with removing a 5-year-old child from the backyard of an Airview Drive residence May 22, telling police she was trying to keep the child away from vicious dogs, according to her arrest warrant. There were no vicious animals in the area, according to the warrant.
A woman saw Coates take the child, confronted her and then forcibly took the child from her arms. The two then became involved in a physical altercation, according to authorities.
Coates also attempted to take a 10-year-old child from the backyard, but the child bit her, police say.
According to the warrant, the family of the children didn’t know Coates.
When Coates was arrested, she is said to have kicked a deputy in the left leg, which resulted in the assault charge.
Coates is being held in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond at the Hardin County Detention Center. She is scheduled to be arraigned today in Hardin District Court.
Kidnapping is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and assault of a police or probation officer is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
She also is charged with fourth-degree assault — dating violence, no visible injury and first-degree disorderly conduct.