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Teen hurt by spoon; woman charged

A 35-year-old Spring Hill woman is free on $10,000 bail after she was accused of injuring a 14-year-old with a spoon.

The teen received three staples to close the wound he received during the incident, a Hernando County sheriff's report said.

Karen M. Brindley of 1422 Deborah Drive was charged with aggravated child abuse, a felony, in connection with the incident that occurred about 5:10 a.m. Saturday, when Brindley tried to give the teen medicine to treat his coughing, the report said. When the teenager refused, Brindley told authorities, she unintentionally struck him in the head with a spoon.

The teen, whose name is not being released by authorities because of his age, then ran to a bedroom and called 911, the report said.

While the boy was calling for help, Brindley picked up another telephone and began speaking to dispatchers, the report said.

When sheriff's deputies and paramedics arrived, the teen's head and left hand were covered with blood. He was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where he received three staples to close the gash on his head, the report said.

Brindley was taken into custody about 8:07 a.m. Saturday and was released nearly five hours later after posting bail, court records stated.

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