INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Deputies charged a woman with beating a boy with an extension cord Wednesday.
Lehoter Pleshett St. Aime, 35, of the 4700 block of 40th Avenue, Vero Beach, was charged with child abuse and aggravated assault. She posted $5,000 bail Thursday at the Indian River County Jail.
The incident began about 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Aime’s home, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The boy told deputies St. Aime was upset with him for arriving home from school on a different bus. The age of the boy was not given on the heavily redacted arrest form released by deputies.
She began striking the boy with the cord, the arrest affidavit said. He ran to his second floor bedroom, escaped through a window and went to a nearby home for help, the affidavit said.
The woman at the home planned to take the boy to Sebastian River Medical Center to have his wounds treated, they told the Sheriff’s Office. However, St. Aime got into her car and rammed into the other woman’s Grand Marquis as it traveled east on 45th Street near Old Dixie Highway, the affidavit said.
A deputy stopped the Grand Marquis in the 9900 block of U.S. 1 at 8:18 p.m. and learned what had happened. The boy was treated by paramedics but was not hospitalized. The arrest form did not say who took custody of the boy.