Woman arrested for attacking umpire at youth softball game

LAUREL, Miss. — A Mississippi woman is facing assault charges after police say she attacked the umpire calling a youth softball game.

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Police said Kiara Thomas was initially asked to leave the game for causing a disruption, WDAM reported, but instead of going home, returned at the end of the game and punched the umpire in the face.

The umpire, Kristi Moore, shared a photo of bruising to her face in a Facebook post. In the caption, she says, “I got punched coming off a field last night. There is no excuse for this.”

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Moore told WLBT she was filling in as umpire, calling the game for 12-year-olds after one of her umpires got sick.

“It’s ridiculous,” Moore told WLBT. “The verbal abuse. And even now, the physical abuse now, at this point, and enough is enough. … It gets harder and harder to staff these tournaments because no one wants to listen to the verbal abuse and run the risk of what happened to me happening to them.”

Police said that Thomas left the scene after attacking the umpire, but police were able to track her down and arrested her on charges of simple assault, WDAM reported.

“This is not the type of behavior that we accept,” Laurel police chief Tommy Cox told WDAM. “If you act like this and assault people, you will wind up in handcuffs just like Ms. Thomas did.”

Thomas was also banned from all recreational facilities in Laurel, WLBT reported.