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Teen mom arrested for tire iron attack

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Oct 22 2013 02:00:29 PM CDT
Razo, Valorie mugshot
ELK CREEK, Calif. -

A teenage mother was arrested for assault and child cruelty after deputies said she hit a man with a tire iron, while she was holding her infant child.

Valorie Razo, 19, was arrested Monday afternoon at the Grindstone Rancheria, north of Elk Creek.  Deputies said Razo tried to break up a fight between her boyfriend and another man. 

She was reportedly holding her four-month-old infant when she grabbed a tire iron and struck Billy Fred, 27, over the head.  When deputies arrived at 1:52 p.m., they found Fred lying on the ground near lot number eight at the Rancheria.  He was in and out of consciousness, suffering from a cut to the top of his head.

A witness told deputies it started with an argument between Fred and John Thompson Jr..  The argument escalated and punches were thrown between the two men.  Witnesses said Razo was holding her baby when she struck Fred, and another child, a toddler, was also near the fight.

Fred was taken by helicopter to Enloe Hosptial.  Razo was booked into the Glenn County Jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and willful cruelty to child which could have resulted in injury or death.

During questioning, deputies learned Thompson had an outstanding Glenn County felony bench warrant for his arrest for failure to obey a court order with a bail amount of $25,000. Thompson was also taken into custody transported and booked into the county jail.

Deputies said the argument appears to have been over family relationship matters.  Glenn County Child Welfare Services were called to the scene to take charge of the two minor children. ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) will be followed.