School employee arrested for alleged domestic battery

Friday, January 24, 2020

By Scott Loftis

A Berryville School District employee was arrested earlier this month on a domestic battery charge.

Imelda Taylor, 33, of Berryville was arrested on Friday, Jan. 10, according to an intake report from the Carroll County Detention Center.

Taylor listed her employer as “Berryville Elementary,” according to the intake report. Berryville school superintendent Owen Powell was not available for comment Monday, and no further details about Taylor’s position with the school were available.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Berryville police officer Mike Cardiel, he was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of George Street at 4:06 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in reference to a domestic situation involving a knife.

According to the affidavit, Cardiel found Taylor on the back porch and she told him that she had been abused by her husband “for a while now” and that she had come home earlier that day to discover he had gambled away money that was to be used on bills.

Taylor said her husband was in a shed in the back yard when she discovered what had happened and she went inside the house and retrieved a knife, according to the affidavit.

Taylor then returned to the shed and threw the knife at her husband, striking him on the right side of his face near his eye and leaving a visible wound, the affidavit said.

Cardiel arrested Taylor and transported her to the detention center, the affidavit says. He then returned to the residence to perform a lethality screening on Taylor’s husband, who “tested positive for high risk of violence,” the affidavit says.

Taylor appeared in court Monday, Jan. 13, before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey, who found probable cause to file formal charges against Taylor.

Ramsey set Taylor’s bond at $2,500, ordered her to have no contact with her husband and scheduled her next court appearance for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Carroll County Circuit Court in Eureka Springs.

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