Lakeville woman charged in baseball bat attack

A Lakeville woman allegedly struck her husband’s girlfriend with a baseball bat after running their vehicle off the road Nov. 12.

Beatriz Angela Fernandez, 37, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault for the alleged bat attack.

The victim suffered a temporal bone fracture and abrasions on her knees, feet and hip, the criminal complaint said.

The attack occurred in the area of County Road 42 and Summit Ridge Circle in Burnsville, according to the complaint.

Fernandez’s husband, a passenger in the victim’s car, told police he had moved out on Fernandez about six weeks prior, the complaint said.

When the man’s girlfriend picked him up on Nov. 12 at the place he was staying in Farmington, he saw Fernandez approach in a vehicle and follow them.

Fernandez struck the woman’s vehicle on the left rear corner as it approached County Road 42 and Hayes Road in Apple Valley, the complaint said. Fernandez struck the vehicle three or four more times and struck it a final time as the woman began to turn right onto Pennock Avenue. That caused the vehicle to spin out.

The woman told police Fernandez attacked her with the bat, hitting her in the head, after forcing her off the road. A witness said he saw Fernandez take two or three “full out swings” at the woman. Police found an aluminium bat near the victim’s car.

Police found Fernandez in her car at the intersection of County Road 42 and 10th Avenue.

They saw an open wine bottle on the passenger floor and “multiple pill bottles in the vehicle along with a notebook with several messages indicating suicide,” the complaint said.

Growing lethargic, Fernandez told police she’d taken 20 sleeping pills and 20 pain pills, it said.