ROCKLAND, Maine — A 29-year-old Rockland woman made her initial court appearance Friday after being arrested Thursday, accused of kicking her 5-year-old son in the face.
Brandi Libby is charged with felony assault, according to a complaint filed in Rockland District Court.
An affidavit filed in court by Rockland police states that the department received the allegation on May 17. Police and staffers with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services investigated the claim and the boy was interviewed.
He told DHHS officials that his mother had become mad when the boy’s 1-year-old sibling fell off the couch and she blamed him.
He said his mother sent him to his room and later came upstairs, pulled him off his bed and kicked him in the face. Another child also told investigators the same story, according to the affidavit.
Libby denied kicking him. She said that the child’s father files a complaint each year against her with DHHS.
The 5-year-old had a swollen right eye and cheek that she said was from a fall at school, according to the affidavit. In a subsequent interview with police she said that the boy has become increasingly poorly behaved and was spitting on her and she flicked his lips with her fingers and may have flicked him in the eye, according to the affidavit.
Police obtained the arrest warrant on Wednesday and arrested her shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.
Libby made her first appearance in court Friday when Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $250 cash. Libby remained at the Knox County Jail in Rockland Friday afternoon.
The charge is a felony because it involves an alleged assault on someone younger than 6 years old.