Woman accused of striking sister's boyfriend with metal handle

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Chyla Fulton

FARMINGTON — A Shiprock woman faces a battery charge for allegedly hitting her sister's boyfriend with a metal hatchet handle during a fight.

Chyla Fulton, 28, was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court on aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony, according to court records.

Her sister, Vanessa Jones, was charged with battery against a household member in connection to the fight, court records state.

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An officer from the Farmington Police Department was dispatched at 8:01 p.m. on Aug. 6 to South Orchard Avenue and East Broadway Avenue regarding a possible fight.

While driving in the area, the officer saw a man with a battered face near the intersection of South Behrend Avenue and West Broadway Avenue.

After the officer stopped to talk to the man, he noticed multiple welts on his face and a bloody left cheek.

The man told the officer that he was battered by Jones, his girlfriend, and Fulton at the Farmington Indian Center, 100 W. Elm St.

Vanessa Jones

Additional officers were dispatched to the scene and found Jones and Fulton at the corner of South Behrend Avenue and West Animas Street.

The women appeared battered and both were transported to the emergency room.

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In separate interviews with the officer, Jones, 28, of Fruitland, admitted the victim was her boyfriend and they started fighting because he called her offensive names.

She said she punched him at least once in the face and he hit her once as well.

As they were fighting, Fulton joined and threw a metal hatchet at the boyfriend.

Jones said her boyfriend picked up the hatchet and hit her approximately four times in the legs.

Fulton told the officer that she, her sister and her sister's boyfriend had been drinking when the couple started fighting.

Fulton said she did not like Jones being battered by the boyfriend and wanted to protect her sister so she picked up the hatchet and hit the boyfriend with the handle.

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She said she hit him at least four times before he disarmed her with a punch to her face and took the hatchet then hit her in the knee.

The sisters were transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Court records state the boyfriend was not arrested.

Fulton was released on her own recognizance on Aug. 8 after her first appearance in magistrate court, according to court documents.

She has a preliminary examination hearing on Wednesday.

Jones pleaded not guilty on Aug. 8 during an arraignment in magistrate court and she was released after she posted bond that day, court records state.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.