Woman accused of hitting boy with spatula, biting him

A $10,000 cash-only bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff woman who allegedly hit a child with a spatula and bit him on Tuesday.

Althena Washington, 34, received the bond from Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth, who also ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Washington with second-degree domestic battery.

Washington was also ordered to have no contact with the boy until the case is settled.

Washington was arrested after police were called just after 1 p.m. to a house in the 2800 block of Poplar Street in response to a reported disturbance, according to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jeremy Oswalt.

The alleged victim, age 12, told police he and Washington had argued and she had hit him with the spatula, resulting in a laceration to the left side of the head that was still bleeding. Police also reported seeing two marks on the boy’s left torso that appeared to be bite marks.

Oswalt said when Washington was interviewed, she told police she was punishing the boy because “she had caught him in the house with a female and believed they were having sex.”

Washington also allegedly said her usual punishment for the boy was slapping him on the hands with the spatula and said the two struggled while she was trying to discipline him.

Regarding the allegation that she bit the boy, Washington said she “may have blacked out and may have bit him while she was blacked out.”

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Washington is currently on probation stemming from a conviction for first-degree battery and robbery in 2003.

The probable cause affidavit said the boy was released to a relative.