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Hawkins County jail fight leaves woman with brain injury

Jeff Bobo • Oct 5, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County Jail inmate was in serious condition Monday with a brain hemorrhage after allegedly being attacked in the jail Sunday by a fellow inmate.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Keith Long responded to a fight in the jail’s B Block about 7 a.m. Sunday, where he found Lisa Ann Brewer, 45, 112 Richards Road, Mooresburg, lying on the concrete floor with “a large pool of blood beneath her head.”

Brewer, who had been sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday for criminal trespass, was taken to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room, where it was determined that she had a brain hemorrhage. She was then taken to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, where she was listed in serious condition Monday evening.

Witnesses told Long that a fight started after Brewer touched Shanikqua Ann Denton, 27, 207 Clay St., Rogersville.

Denton had been arrested about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on a domestic vandalism charge.

“Based on witness statements it is believed that Lisa Brewer touched Ms. Denton on the arm, at which time Ms. Denton told Mrs. Brewer not to touch her,” Long stated in his report. “A short time later Mrs. Brewer was walking by Ms. Denton and brushed up against her as she passed. Ms. Denton grabbed Mrs. Brewer by the throat and began choking her.

“Brewer was then knocked to the ground, at which time Ms. Denton grabbed Mrs. Brewer’s head and began hitting it on the concrete floor.”

Other inmates eventually pulled Denton off of Brewer, Long added.

Denton was charged with aggravated assault and, following her arraignment Monday, was released on bond.

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