An Ocala woman was arrested Wednesday after her daughter said she threw the first punch in a nasty domestic spat with another woman.
Jacqueline Cheray Edwards, 39, of SW 107th Lane, was charged with domestic battery after the incident. She told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she and the victim were in an argument over a sensitive issue relating to the death of a relative. She was otherwise uncooperative with the deputy, saying she just wanted her vehicle keys to leave, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said she arrived home from work and went inside to take a shower. She said after her shower, Edwards asked her a petty question that she didn’t want to answer and an argument started. She said Edwards was chest bumping her trying to provoke a fight. The victim said she walked outside to get away and Edwards followed her, the report said.
The victim said once they were outside, Edwards was still bumping her with her chest and provoking her. The victim said she went back inside with Edwards still behind her. She said once they were in the hallway near the door to their bedroom, the altercation turned physical. The victim said she was shook up from the incident and only remembered swinging because she was being attacked. The deputy observed a red mark in the middle of the victim’s forehead and her shirt was ripped, according to the report.
The deputy spoke with Edwards’ juvenile daughter, who said she was in her bedroom, located directly across the hall from Edwards’ and the victim’s room, and heard them having a verbal altercation. She said she heard both women go outside and then come back in. Edwards’ daughter said when they were back inside, she saw Edwards strike the victim by throwing a punch and then they began fighting, the report said.
Edwards was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Thursday on her own recognizance. She’s due to appear in Marion County Court on July 14.