FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff's Office handled numerous domestic dispute reports over the weekend as authorities prepared for their June 28 Sheriff's Domestic Violence Summit.
Authorities responded to an argument between three sisters Saturday afternoon that turned into a physical fight when one sister struck the other in the eye with a lanyard, deputies said. The strike caused a small laceration and a large welt to the eyelid, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said after Brielle Deacon, 19, was arrested for battery/domestic violence, Kristy Priotti, 33, was arrested on the same charge after biting her brother during a fight over Kristy's ability to take care of her infant daughter.
On Sunday evening, another dispute between siblings took place when Mary Carroll, 43, was arrested for violently shaking her sister, which resulted in bruising to the arms, deputies said.
Two stabbings also took place over the weekend, neither resulting in arrests, authorities said.
The first took place Saturday afternoon when a man who deputies said was unresponsive at the scene suffered a stab wound to the chest. He was airlifted to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach with critical injuries, deputies said.
The second stabbing happened Sunday morning when a person entered an emergency room at Florida Hospital Flagler with a stab wound to his back.
The Flagler Sheriff's Office, led by Sheriff Rick Staly, said these incidents only further show the need to launch the Domestic Violence Task Force, which will be made up of local citizens, judicial system members, social service agents and government representatives.
“Domestic violence is a chronic crisis in Flagler County and we need to find a community-driven solution,” Staly said. “Yes, we need strong prosecution of domestic violence perpetrators even when a victim is reluctant, but we also need the community to come together and say ‘This is unacceptable behavior and here are the ways we can work to fix it.’”