An argument over a backpack giveaway at Goodman Creek Baptist Church ended with two Chesterfield County women facing assault charges.
Consuela Rosita Ratliff, 36, and Brenda Elois Gilmore, both of 347 High St., are accused of hitting 32-year-old Porsche Ashe Aug. 15 outside the church at 3626 Midway Road, Cheraw.
The disagreement began when Ratliff confronted Ashe about Ratliff’s child not receiving a backpack, Sgt. Thomas Ballard wrote in an incident report.
Ashe told deputies she tried to explain that bookbags were only given to children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The report did not list Ratliff’s child’s age.
“Ashe stated she got inside her vehicle and C. Ratliff walked up to the window and punched her with a closed hand,” Ballard wrote. “Ashe also stated that C. Ratliff attempted to close the door onto Ashe’s legs as she attempted to exit the vehicle.”
The fight continued on the church grounds, according to the report, where Ashe told deputies that Gilmore “struck Ashe with a closed hand about the head.”
Ratliff and Gilmore drove away after the incident, Ballard wrote.
Ashe sustained minor injuries to the head and scratches to the arm, according to the sheriff’s office report. FirstHealth paramedics took her to McLeod Health Cheraw.
Ballard interviewed a witness who confirmed Ashe’s account of the incident.
“Both Gilmore and Ratliff insisted that Ashe started the physical confrontation,” Ballard wrote in the report, noting that neither woman had visible injuries and neither claimed to have been injured.
The sheriff’s sergeant drove to the women’s High Street home. Ratliff and Gilmore were served with misdemeanor criminal summonses on one count each of third-degree assault and battery.
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