Frederick News-Post

Monday, December 23, 2002

Grandma charged with hurting baby

By Kate Leckie
The Frederick News-Post Staff

THURMONT A 9-month-old girl was hit in the head with a whiskey bottle thrown by her grandmother Friday night when an argument over Christmas shopping turned violent, Thurmont police said.

Pamela Bentz, 42, of East Hammaker Street, apparently was intending to hit her daughter, but the bottle struck her grandchild instead, Officer Tim Moran said Saturday, reading from the report filed by Officer Jeffrey Gerring.

The infant was in her mother's arms when the assault occurred about 7:15 p.m., police said.

The baby was hit above her left eye, resulting in a noticeable knot on her head, police said.

She was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The baby's mother was not injured. Police declined to identify her or her infant.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Bentz "had been drinking since about 1:30 that afternoon," Officer Moran said.

Ms. Bentz was charged with two counts of second-degree assault against her daughter and granddaughter and one count of reckless endangerment against her granddaughter, police said.

She was jailed Saturday evening at Frederick County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail, officials said.

Ms. Bentz did not respond to a request for an interview.

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