An Idaho Falls woman was charged with aggravated battery after she reportedly severely injured a woman by attacking her with a beer bottle.
Daisha Marquis Powell, 20, reportedly struck the victim five times with the bottle until it broke, causing lacerations to the victim’s neck and head, according to an Idaho Falls Police Department arrest report. The victim was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, where she received 12 staples for a cut on her neck and two for a cut on her head. Pieces of glass were still in her hair at the hospital, the report said. EIRMC Community Relations Specialist Jessica Clements said the victim was treated and released from the hospital.
Witnesses told police they were at a party near Arco Highway at about 4:30 a.m. July 21. Powell admitted to an officer to physically fighting with the victim and remembered having the bottle in her hand, but did not remember hitting her with it.
Powell told police the fight started when two other girls commented on her tattoos. Powell said the other women started the fight and swung first. The victim attempted to intervene and began fighting with Powell, according to the report. Powell told police she had been drinking heavily did not remember anything about the fight after it started.
Powell’s roommate told police she was at the party as a designated driver and that the other girls had started the fight. The roommate said she did not see Powell strike the victim with the bottle, but did see blood running down the victim’s back. Both Powell and the roommate told police they were unaware how seriously the victim was injured.
Powell was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, disability or permanent disfigurement, punishable with up to 15 years in prison. She was released to Pretrial Services on Thursday after her arraignment.
A no-contact order was issued between Powell and the victim. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in Bonneville County Courthouse.
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