PIQUA — A Piqua woman is facing a charge of felony assault after allegedly pushing her mother down a set of stairs and then kicking her mother in the face.
Kayla A. Snyder, 21, of Piqua, was charged with and arraigned on second-degree felonious assault this week in Miami County Municipal Court in connection with this incident.
According to Piqua police reports, the incident took place in front of a Piqua police officer, who intervened and stopped Snyder from continuing to harm her mother. The officer was present as Snyder’s boyfriend, Chad D. McLaughlin, 24, of Piqua, had just been charged with second-degree misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly threatening violence against Snyder’s mother, the victim.
What prompted these events was an argument over marijuana and $20, according to Piqua police reports. McLaughlin alleged that the victim stole his drugs and confronted the victim. McLaughlin denied threatening or harming the victim, but a witness told police that McLaughlin threatened to “cut her throat” if the victim did not return the drugs. The witness also claimed that McLaughlin forcibly searched the victim for his drugs.
The witness reportedly attempted to intervene, but McLaughlin then allegedly chased the victim when she ran out of the home to the Shell gas station on the 600 block of South Street, where the victim told the employee to call 911.
When McLaughlin was charged and taken into police custody, police witnessed Snyder verbally threaten to harm her mother. Police warned Snyder that making threats against her mother could result in Snyder’s arrest. An officer escorted the victim back into the home to warn Snyder about making threats against the victim, which was when Snyder reportedly attacked the victim.
Snyder is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $35,000 cash or surety bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Snyder on Feb. 24.
McLaughlin is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $10,000 bond. A court hearing for McLaughlin is scheduled on April 6.
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