Searsport woman charged with hitting child with a screwdriver
Searsport — A Waldo County Grand Jury indicted a 24-year-old Searsport woman this week on allegations that she struck her six-year-old stepdaughter with a screwdriver.
Felicia M. Moulton, 24, of Searsport, was indicted on a charge of assault in connection with an incident the Waldo County Sheriff's Office began conducting June 27. The grand jury indictment states the alleged assault occurred sometime June 26.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said a local pediatrician's office called police and staff there stated there was a six-year-old child in the office with a bump on the back of her head and a bruise on her arm.
"They asked her what happened, and she said her stepmother struck her with a screwdriver," Trafton said.
When police examined the bruise on the child's arm, Trafton said it appeared to be about the same size and shape of a screwdriver handle.
Detective Merl Reed interviewed Moulton, and Trafton said she admitted to hitting the girl with the screwdriver, but said she felt it was unfair she was being arrested because "she knows of other people who have done a lot worse and nothing happened to them."
Trafton said Moulton told the detective the girl had woken up early on the day of the alleged assault, and that she was in her brother's room "being loud."
When Moulton went to see what the children were doing, Trafton said, Moulton told Reed the girl had a screwdriver in her hand and that's when she took it away and hit the girl. She also reportedly told Reed she didn't think she hit the child hard enough to leave a bruise.
Trafton said while it is not illegal to discipline a child with a spanking, it is a different story under the law when the action causes an injury like what police saw in this case.
"When you leave a bruise, that's a felony," said Trafton.
Moulton has been free on $500 cash bail since her arrest and her bail conditions state she is to have no contact with the child or a 31-year-old female who was also named in court records relating to the case.