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Scorned Dunnellon woman charged with beating up man in front of child

Kimberly Ricker Tyler

A Dunnellon woman is accused of beating up a man after she discovered evidence he was cheating on her.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday afternoon to a business on South Pine Avenue in Ocala in reference to a domestic battery that had occurred in Ocklawaha. An Ocala Police officer told deputies he had received report about a trespass at the location and, upon arrival, spoke with the victim, who said he had been battered by 46-year-old Kimberly Ann Tyler.

The victim said Tyler was no longer at the incident location but was sitting in her vehicle at a neighboring business. A deputy spoke with Tyler, who said she and the victim had been in an argument since 3 a.m. She said she found out the victim was cheating on her. Tyler said she presented the evidence she had found, which started the verbal argument and caused her 10-year-old daughter to wake up, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said a verbal argument started the previous evening while he, Tyler and the child were out school shopping and she accused him of cheating. He said he denied the allegations and she punched him in the arms three to five times while he was driving, causing a 2-inch laceration and bruise on his left forearm. He said he believed the laceration was caused by Tyler’s fingernail, the report said.

The victim said the child tried to jump between himself and Tyler during this altercation, which happened while they were traveling on SE Highway 42 between Highway 441 and County Road 25. The victim said he and Tyler went their separate ways to cool off, according to the report.

The victim said Tyler woke him up at 3 a.m. with more allegations, yelling and punching him again. He said she pushed him into a pantry door, reopening the laceration to his left forearm. The victim said this had been going on continuously for the last two or three months. He said each incident happened in the presence of the minor child, the report said.

The deputy observed the laceration and bruise on the victim’s left forearm, according to the report.

Tyler was placed under arrest. After being read her Miranda warning, she denied all allegations of hitting the victim and said he is actually the one who batters her. Tyler was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was held on $500 bond. She will appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 28.

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