Charged with injury to a child, 29-year-old Talysa Herron is free on bond following her arrest Friday, three weeks after Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies said she slapped a neighbor’s 10-year-old daughter in the face.
“I still don’t know what possessed her to do that,” said Cyndi Lafontaine.
Lafontaine said her daughter, Amanda Russell (pictured below), had refused to give her ice cream sandwich to Herron’s four-year-old daughter.
“She ran up and tried to bite me. I grabbed her hand and slapped it, just lightly tapped it,” Amanda said.
Amanda said after that, Herron’s little girl ran to her mother’s house.
Minutes later, Herron allegedly confronted Amanda.
“Before she hit me, she said, ‘If I can my children, I can hit you, too,’” Amanda said.
She said Herron’s hand was open as she allegedly slapped her left cheek, near her eye, knocking her to the ground.
Lafontaine said after that, her daughter ran to their front door, screaming about what had just occurred.
Amanda’s mom said Herron then confronted her as well.
“As soon as I turned around, I saw a fist coming toward my face,” Lafontaine said.
Lafontaine said Herron then repeatedly struck her.
In reaction to her arrest Friday, David Russell, Amanda’s dad, said he was cursed and threatened by Herron and her boyfriend. Using his cell phone, Russell recorded the shouting match from his front yard, as the couple stood a short distance away by a stop sign.
“Blah, blah, blah,” Russell can be heard saying. “I got you on video right here.”
Asked for her side of the story, Herron would not come to the front door, but did say she would not respond to false accusations.
According to public records, Herron was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with a public servant in February, as well as earlier prior arrests including misdemeanor drug charges and criminal mischief.