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Dunnellon woman behind bars after man’s nose cut with Apple Watch box

Geraldine Leigh Mansfield

A Dunnellon woman was jailed Monday morning after admitting to falsely claiming on a 911 call that a man with a bloody nose had attempted to rape her.

When deputies arrived at the home on SW 127th Avenue, the man told them that he and 48-year-old Geraldine Leigh Mansfield has gotten into a verbal altercation after he tried to “fix things with her.” He said they have had multiple verbal altercations over the past two years, a sheriff’s office reports states.

The man said the altercation took place in their home’s kitchen and turned violent when Mansfield allegedly hit him in the face with a box for an Apple Watch. He said the corner of the box was sharp and cut his nose open, the report says, adding that the man’s nose was bleeding onto his torso and legs.

The man told deputies that earlier Monday morning he had suggested they have sexual relations because they had been in verbal altercations in the past and that’s how they got past such arguments. The man said he then left Mansfield alone, the report says, adding that he provided deputies with a video showing Mansfield “acting in an aggressive manner” while yelling at him.

Mansfield told deputies that while speaking with the 911 operator earlier she shouldn’t have said the man attempted to rape her because he made no “physical advancements” toward her. She said he “followed her around all day” asking her to have sex with him, which was upsetting her. And she said the man grabbed her back belt loop before she hit him in the face with the watch box, the report says.

Because of the injuries to the man and deputies determining that Mansfield was the primary aggressor based on the video they watched, she was taken into custody, transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with domestic battery.

Mansfield was being held on $500 bond and is due in court on July 10 at 1 p.m. to answer to the charge. She also was arrested on April 7 and charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence.

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