WINONA LAKE — A Winona Lake woman was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the head with a glass candle.
Kayla Monee Cooper, 21, 3102 Sandra Lane B., Winona Lake, is charged with domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony; domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony; and domestic battery, a class A misdemeanor.
On June 18, a Winona Lake Police officer went to an undisclosed location. County dispatch said a woman called 911 for help.
According to court documents, upon arrival at the scene, the officer saw two women holding a man and providing medical assistance to him in a residence. The man was semi-conscious and laying on the ground while bleeding from the head. There was also blood on a wall and floor. One of the women providing assistance was identified as Cooper. She told the officer she had hit the man with a glass jar candle. Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene shortly after and began treating the man for his injuries.
Cooper told the officer she had made a lunch for a child when she noticed a bag of chips was missing. She confronted the man, who she believed took the chips, and a physical altercation began. Cooper said during the altercation, the man pulled out her hair extensions. When this happened, Cooper allegedly grabbed a glass jar candle and hit him in the head with it. Cooper then called emergency services for help. The child was outside of the home when the incident occurred.
The officer interviewed the man prior to him being taken to the hospital. He said that during the altercation, Cooper hit him in the head multiple times with a glass jar candle. EMS personnel said the man had a one-inch long laceration on the right side of his head and advised the injury would require stitches. He was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
At the scene, the officer noticed multiple glass candles in the home and also saw Cooper’s hair extensions on the man’s bedroom floor. The child at the home said they saw the man come out of his bedroom and slide down a wall.
Cooper has already been arrested and released on a $6,000 surety and cash bond. She has an initial hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 26.