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Police: Woman charged with punching 7-year-old boy at school bus stop

A Salisbury woman turned herself in to authorities, they say, after she punched a 7-year-old boy at a school bus stop.

Salisbury Police charged Lisa Celeste Linkins, 29, of the 500 block of Magnolia Avenue, with misdemeanor assault on a child or minor. She was issued a $1,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

A report said some children were arguing at the bus stop and she “had enough,” said Capt. Shelia Lingle.

She punched the boy in the nose, causing it to bleed. The boy got on the bus and arrived at school with a still bloody nose. The Rowan County Department of Social Services contacted police about the incident.

In April 2013, Linkins lost her son, Logen, 2, in an early morning house fire. She, her two other children, her father and her father’s companion were able to escape the fire. Her father, Michael Linkins, tried to go back into the burning house for Logen but was overcome with smoke. A neighbor also tried to reach the toddler by punching through a back window but flames had already filled the room. A Salisbury Police officer was able to reach the child, but it was too late. 

Lisa Linkins is scheduled for a December first appearance. She was convicted in October 2013 twice of misdemeanor larceny and simple assault during three separate incidents. Linkins was convicted in March 2010 of misdemeanor larceny. She has also been convicted of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Linkins has two pending 2013 Cabarrus County cases for driving a vehicle with no insurance and registration, exceeding a safe speed and not having a driver’s license.

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