Woman charged with punching girl

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A 21-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a 12-year-old girl in the face at The Tap House on Lincoln Avenue.

The incident apparently started when the 12-year-old, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was playing games with a friend in the restaurant's game room at about 9 p.m. The girl reportedly was near two women who were smoking and made a comment to one of the women, 21-year-old Megan Harbor, that the smoke was going to kill her, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

The girl told police that she went into the restroom, and when she returned, Harbor intentionally blew smoke in her face. The two then reportedly argued before the girl headed toward the restaurant's back door. The girl told police Harbor followed her to the alley behind the bar and punched her in the face, Rae said.

Police were called to the scene. The girl's parents were at the scene when officers arrived.

Harbor reportedly told police she pushed the girl's face, but Rae said the girl's injuries -- bruising and swelling on the left side of her face -- were consistent with being hit.

Harbor, an Australian national, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse. Harbor was released from the Routt County Jail on Wednesday on a $750 bond.

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