Virginia Beach woman accused of assaulting 11-year-old girl with aluminum bat

Andrea Gehring is accused of injuring an 11-year-old girl with an aluminum bat in November.
Andrea Gehring is accused of injuring an 11-year-old girl with an aluminum bat in November.

A Virginia Beach woman is accused of assaulting and injuring an 11-year-old girl with an aluminum baseball bat, according to court documents.

Andrea Gehring, 36, of the 1000 block of Olds Lane, was charged with child abuse and malicious wounding on Nov. 30, 2016 in connection to an incident that happened in a Virginia Beach home four days prior.

Police say Gehring assaulted the girl after the child told Gehring’s boyfriend that the woman was out with friends, including another man. Gehring’s boyfriend became angry, calling and texting her multiple times throughout the night, according to a search warrant filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

When Gehring got back to the house, she demanded to know what the child told her boyfriend. She then assaulted the girl with the bat, injuring her with marks, bruises and broken bones, according to court documents.

When questioned by police, Gehring said the girl got hurt when she fell and tripped onto a toy doll castle, court documents state.

Gehring’s case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 14 in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.