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Reddick woman jailed after deaf couple’s spat over cell phone

A deaf Reddick woman was arrested after a physical altercation with a deaf man over a cell phone.

At around 4 p.m. Sunday, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy met with with 28-year-old Tiesha K. Cole, who was walking west on the 7000 block of West Highway 326. Cole, of NW 90th Avenue, had several bloody cuts and bruises on her body that appeared to be road rash, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Cole, who is deaf, communicated by typing on to the deputy’s phone and said she and the victim were arguing because he would not give her phone back to her. She said the victim kicked her during the argument. Cole said she left the incident location with the victim’s mother, but she jumped out of the vehicle because the victim’s mother wouldn’t take her back to the incident location, the report said.

The deputy went to the incident location and spoke with the victim, who is also deaf, using a sign language translator. The victim said he and Cole were arguing and she punched him in the face and scratched him several times. The deputy observed several scratches on the victim’s neck, back and face, as well as a busted lip, according to the report.

The victim’s mother corroborated the victim’s statement and added that Cole had been hitting the victim since earlier in the morning and at one point kicked him in the groin. She said Cole jumped out of the vehicle on her own and the altercation was over a cell phone, the report said.

Cole was charged with simple domestic battery and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she is being held on $1,000 bond. She is due to appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 6, 2021.

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