Belcamp woman charged with beating child

A Belcamp woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly beating and cutting a child.

Chimekie Tessa James, 30, of the 1200 block of Trillium Court, was charged with second-degree child abuse, which has a penalty of up to 15 years in jail, and second-degree assault.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office responded to an address in Edgewood at 12:35 a.m. for a report of an assault, according to a statement of charges.

James allegedly became very angry after getting into an argument with her fiance's 12-year-old daughter. She allegedly slammed the girl into the floor multiple times, punched her in the face and pulled her hair.

During the struggle, a vase was broken and the girl's hand was cut, according to court documents.

James denied the allegations, according to the statement of charges, but an investigation determined the girl's story was credible.

Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper ordered James to be held on $50,000 bail. James was still at the Harford County Detention Center as of Tuesday.

An assistant state's attorney asked for her to be held without bail because she has convictions for robbery and has also been arrested on assault and drug distribution charges.

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