Woman Arrested For Pepper Spraying Infant

By: The Huntsville Item
By: The Huntsville Item

A Huntsville woman was has been charged with putting a child in imminent danger following an altercation at a local apartment complex Sunday night.

Shirlee Kara Vader, 43, was arrested for endangering a child when she used pepper spray to break up a domestic incident at the Vineyards Apartment, located at 2600 El Toro, around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The spray got into the face of a 1-year-old child, who was treated and released to his mother at the scene.

According to police reports, officers responded to an assault call at the complex and when they arrived, they noticed a child was crying and coughing and was under respiratory distress.

The baby was sprayed when Vader heard an altercation at her neighbor’s apartment. The suspect told the two people, one of which was the child’s mother, to stop fighting or she would pepper spray them.

“Ms. Vader recklessly dispensed the pepper spray all over the apartment and it got on a child,” Huntsville Police Lt. Jim Barnes said. “This would not have been major had it not injured a 1-year-old.”

Endangering a child imminent danger bodily injury is a second-degree felony which carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Vader was released from the Walker County Jail on Monday after posting a $7,500 bond.

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