A Helena woman is accused of hitting a child hard enough to cause the child to vomit.

Lela Marie Winkley, 22, is being charged with assault on a minor, a felony.

According to court documents, the child threw up at a relative’s residence and said it happened because she was punched in the stomach by Winkley. The original caller also reported bruising on the child’s lower back and buttocks.

When interviewed by Child Protective Services, Winkley admitted to hitting the child too hard. Winkley said she was frustrated and gave the child a “spanking.”

-- Thomas Plank, thomas.plank@helenair.com


Reporter at the Helena Independent Record.

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