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June 18, 2013

Woman, 19, charged in assault involving baseball bat

Greensburg — A St. Paul woman currently housed at the Decatur County Jail without bond allegedly attacked a man with a baseball bat in the parking lot of Greensburg’s Goodwill store late Monday afternoon.

According to a police report filed in Decatur County Superior Court, Taylor M. Giddings, 19, faces a single charge of battery, a Class C Felony.

In the course of searching Giddings during her arrest, the report further alleges, police also uncovered a bottle of Clonzepam pills, a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Indiana criminal code. That discovery led to an additional Class D Felony charge. Police also allegedly found a quantity of marijuana sufficient for an additional charge of possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.

Witnesses to the scene told police they saw a white female matching Giddings’ description in the Goodwill parking lot late Monday afternoon exit from a “black vehicle with blue trim rims with a baseball bat and strike the victim,” who was seated on a moped.

Witness accounts corroborated with that of the injured man, who told police Giddings hit him “2 to 3 times.”

Giddings allegedly fled the scene as a passenger in the “black vehicle with blue trim rims.” Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was pulled over for a routine traffic stop by a Decatur County Sheriff’s deputy. Officers from the Greensburg Police Department in charge of the investigation arrived on scene and began questioning Giddings, who denied she’d attacked the injured man with a baseball bat.

According to the report, Giddings allegedly told police she’d gone to the Goodwill to confront the man in reference to “her niece being previously molested by him.” She allegedly denied assaulting him.

Police also allegedly recovered a black baseball bat “behind the driver side seat on the floorboard” of the vehicle in which Giddings was riding.

The report further alleges that Giddings and the driver of the black vehicle gave conflicting statements to police.

The man allegedly assaulted by Giddings told police that, upon being hit with the bat, “he had fallen over, hitting the ground with the moped lying on top of him.” The report states the man “sustained trauma, bruising, swelling, and lacerations to the right side of the face near the eye and jawline.”

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011

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