Cottonwood woman charged with assault after Monday fight

MARSHALL — A woman who was arrested after a fight that injured three people in Cottonwood appeared in Lyon County District Court on Wednesday.

Tammy Denise Sparkman, 35, of Cottonwood, was charged with two counts of second degree assault and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault.

A future hearing date for Sparkman was set for Oct. 22.

Sparkman was arrested Monday, after an incident involving multiple people was reported at the Lindsay Mobile Home Court in Cottonwood. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement received a report of a group of people fighting, causing multiple injuries, around 5:44 p.m. One man was treated and released for injuries at Avera Marshall Medical Center, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A criminal complaint filed in court Wednesday included more details on the incident. The complaint said law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene found a group of eight to 10 people yelling toward a trailer in the mobile home court.

The complaint alleges Sparkman punched a family member during an argument, and then cut two other people with a utility knife when they intervened. The man who was treated at the hospital was cut on the face, and a woman had cuts on her neck and head, the complaint said.

The complaint said Sparkman later told law enforcement she was swinging the utility knife to keep her family members away from her.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Sparkman’s bail was set at $45,000 without conditions, or $30,000 cash or bond with conditions. The release conditions included that Sparkman abstain from alcohol and drugs, and that she stay away from the three victims and not go to their residences.


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