A Grover Beach woman is facing felony battery and child cruelty charges after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a poisonous pesticide.
Julie Wilhelmina Rodenhuis, 60, was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious injury and child endangerment.
Officers responded to a condominium complex on the 600 block of North 12th Street at approximately 7:15 p.m. following a report of an assault on a child. Investigators later determined the child was approached by Rodenhuis and sprayed in the face with a poisonous weed killer. The child was immediately treated by family members and emergency personnel who responded to the scene, taken to a local hospital and later released.
Grover Beach Police Department Cmdr. John Peters said the investigation into a motive was ongoing Thursday, but both the victim and Rodenhuis reside in the complex, and it appeared the victim was outside playing when the incident occurred.
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Peters said that officials expect the child will make a full recovery.
As of Thursday morning, Rodenhuis remained in County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.