Police: Infant pepper sprayed, woman charged with abuse

Becky Campbell • Jul 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Johnson City police arrested a woman Saturday who is accused of using pepper spray on another woman and her infant at a local motel, according to a court document.

Marian M. Browne, 30, 314 Peach Blossom Ct., Johnson City is charged with child abuse and neglect and simple assault.

Brown was arrested at the police department after she went there to file a complaint about the incident.

Police went to the Best Western Hotel, 2406 N. Roan Street at 8:40 p.m. Saturday on an “assist medical” call. When Officer Eric Hull arrived he found the “lobby of the hotel swarming with well-dressed people in a state of excitement,” he wrote in a court document.

Medical personnel were already on scene and treating Hawa Adams and her 9-month-old daughter because they had both been pepper sprayed. A third person, Jusu Boylowlu had also been pepper sprayed, according to Hull’s report.

Witnesses told police Adams and another woman, who was not identified in the court document, got into an argument. The other woman’s friend, identified as Browne, pulled out a bottle of pepper spray and discharged it on Adams, the infant and Boylowlu.

After spraying the chemical, Brown and her friend left the hotel.

Adams and her daughter were transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. Boylowlu was treated at the scene.

When Hull went to the police department later to finish his report on the incident and prepare an arrest warrant for Browne, she showed up there to file a complaint about the incident.

Browne was scheduled for arraignment today at 1:30 p.m.

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