Custody Dispute Day Before Thanksgiving Results in One Arrest, Bloody Nose and Scratched Face

The reported dispute occurred at a Turtle Creek residence in Winder

A dispute over child custody on Wednesday, Nov. 21, resulted in the arrest of a Watkinsville resident. 

According to a Winder Police Department incident report, 30-year-old Michelle H. Whitehead was the primary aggressor in a physical altercation that resulted in Whitehead receiving scratches on her face and the victim a bloody nose. 

The dispute occurred at a Turtle Creek residence, where the victim said Whitehead had come to pick up her brother's child. When the suspect found the child was not present, she reportedly became irritated. The resident said has walked to her vehicle and when she attempted to get out, the suspect pushed the car door closed and injured the victim's leg. When the victim again tried to exit the vehicle, the suspect again closed the car door, causing the window to strike the victim in the bridge of the nose, resulting in a nose bleed. 

When an officer spoke to the suspect, who had traveled to the police department, the suspect gave a statement similar to the victim's, and said that when she approached the victim's vehicle she was scratched in the face — the reason she attempted to close the car door. The officer observed scratch marks on the left side of Whitehead's face. 

"Due to the fact both parties stated [the resident] walked away from the initial area and Ms. Whitehead drove around to continue the discussion, Ms. Whitehead was identified as the primary aggressor," the officer wrote in the incident report. 

Whitehead, of 1451 Mayne Mill Road in Watkinsville, was arrested and charged with battery/no contact bond. She was transported to the Barrow County Detention Center. 

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