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Two Aurora women charged in Batavia pepper spray incident

Police say dispute started after comments made on Facebook

BATAVIA – Two Aurora women have been charged after a pepper-spraying incident at the Batavia Apartments complex Saturday night.

Christina A. Santiago, 24, and Shaumere L. Causey, 20, both of the 1600 block of Grove St., Aurora, are facing felony charges of mob action and aggravated battery to a child younger than 13. Santiago remains in the Kane County Jail on a $20,000 bond, while Causey was released Monday after posting 10 percent of her $10,000 bond.

Batavia police were called to the Batavia Apartments complex on East Wilson Street at 6:41 p.m. Saturday for a fight.

"The Aurora duo and the victims were having a disagreement over comments made on Facebook," Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said. "It was going back and forth on Facebook."

The victims live at the apartment complex, Bretz said. Santiago threatened the victims, a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, with a baseball bat, Bretz said.

"She took a swing with a baseball bat, but it didn't connect," Bretz said.

Causey pepper-sprayed the two adults along with a 2-year-old who was with them, but the victims were not hospitalized, Bretz said.

"They were treated on the scene," he said.

Santiago and Causey have a July 3 court appearance.

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