Woman charged with exposing Bluff City man, baby to hepatitis C

Rain Smith • Jul 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

A woman has been arrested after allegedly neglecting a Bluff City baby she was left to care for, then attacking the child's irate father when he found she had passed out while drinking moonshine. The suspect also reportedly spit on both the man and his son, prompting a charge of criminal exposure to an infectious disease. A police report states she has hepatitis C. The Wednesday afternoon incident has left Marsha Vance, 42, also charged with child endangerment, child abuse and neglect, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and vandalism. A police report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office states police were called to a home on Beulah Land Drive shortly after 3:30 p.m. A male resident told officers that he had recently picked up Vance, his sister, from Bakersville, N.C, and she was supposed to babysit his 1-year-old son while he and his wife were at work. After allegedly being unable to reach Vance by phone throughout the day, the man returned home at 3 p.m. to hear his son "screaming." In a bedroom he reportedly located Vance asleep on a bed with the baby, who was attempting to crawl away.The man told police he ordered his sister — who had drank "half a bottle of moonshine" — to leave his home. She reportedly told him, "you can't make me," and hit him in the face with a TV remote. According to a police report, the man then punched his sister in the nose, knocking her to the ground. Vance was then dragged onto the front porch by her brother, who shut the door and locked her outside.The man told police that after a few minutes he went outside to attempt speaking with Vance, but she came at him with her fists clenched. He admitted to punching her once again, this time in the eye, with her again collapsing on the ground. A police report states Vance then kicked the glass out of the front door. The resident says he again tried to get her to calm down, this time while holding his son in his arms. At that point Vance allegedly spit on them both. When police arrived to the home Vance swung at officers, according to an arrest report, forcing them to take her to the ground. She was then brought into custody and transported to jail. As of Thursday afternoon Vance remained held in Blountville on a $25,000 bond. Police say her brother faces no charges in the incident.

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