EAST ALTON, Ill. – A southwestern Illinois woman is accused of reckless conduct after an angry tug-of-war with a relative over a Christmas tree seriously injured her toddler.
Madison County prosecutors charged 28-year-old Sandra Price on Monday with the misdemeanor tied to her alleged Christmas Eve wrestling with her mother-in-law at an East Alton motel over the tree each said they owned.
The 21-month-old girl injured in the tussle over the 4-foot tree eventually underwent surgery on her left eye. Doctors say it isn't clear whether she'll regain vision in that eye.
Police say the family was staying at the motel after being displaced by a Dec. 9 fire in their rental home.
It wasn't clear if Price has an attorney.