An Albion woman is facing domestic battery charges after allegedly hitting her husband while he was holding their child.

Crystal Lynn Paxson, 37, Albion, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 11:44 a.m. March 27 for domestic battery. Her bond was set at $5,000 surety and $1,000 cash.

Court documents filed Wednesday list the charges against her as domestic battery with a child under 16 present, a level 6 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Her initial hearing was set for Friday. A no contact order was entered Thursday.

On March 27, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office deputy James Smith responded to a domestic battery. Paxson told him she meets at an intersection with her “soon-to-be-ex-husband” to conduct a child exchange with their child. She said her husband punched her in the forehead and squeezed her leg. She said she acted like she was going to spit on him and he punched her in the nose, according to court documents.

The husband told Smith that his niece and his child were witnesses. He said Paxson began manhandling the child and then removed the child from the car seat. Paxson then spat on him and headbutted him and continued toward him while he was holding the child. Smith saw the husband’s left eye was red and swollen.  The husband said the injury occurred when Paxson hit him with a closed fist.

The child told Smith that Paxson hit her husband.

The niece told Smith that Paxson exited the vehicle screaming and started pulling on the child, and spat on and hit Paxson’s husband. While the husband was attempting to drive back to his residence, Paxson began hitting the vehicle and walking in front of it.

Smith approached Paxson and advised her about 10 times to exit the vehicle she was in but she wouldn’t comply. Paxson said she was not going to jail.

Smith removed her from the vehicle and arrested her.