As a town prosecutor, Castle Rock's Christy Ausmus is tasked with trying to earn convictions against suspects. Now, however, she's on the other side of a criminal charge. Ausmus and another couple are looking at assault and disorderly conduct allegations in a knock-down, drag-out fight at a youth baseball game. And shockingly enough, combatants (including one with nine assault charges in twelve years) point the finger of blame at each other.
According to 9News, Ausmus and her sixteen-year-old son were working the pavilion at Castle Rock's Metzler Park during a June game in which another of her sons, age twelve, was playing. Also in attendance were Andrew and Shannon Carlson, joined by their fifteen-year-old son, whose younger brother, also twelve, was taking part. The contest pitted the Colorado Bandits against the Loveland Bambinos.
If that sounds wholesome, it didn't stay that way for long. A disputed call somehow led to harsh words between the Ausmus and Carlson contingents, and at this point, no one's quite clear who said or did what first. Ausmus insists Carlson attacked her sixteen-year-old from behind, while he counters that he was only defending his son from hers.
Whatever the case, Ausmus admits to hitting Andrew Carlson "as hard as I could, as many times as I could." She says he did so much damage to her son that teen had to be hospitalized, albeit days later, due to lingering effects from a concussion.
Carlson counters that Ausmus not only went after him, but also punched his wife and "pushed her over a bench."
At this point, neither of the teens has been accused of anything. In contrast, the adults all have matching third-degree assault accusations staring at them. And while their accounts don't exactly match up, one comment by Carlson -- the one with nine assault charges in a dozen years -- rings true. "It's a sad day for youth baseball," he says.
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