A woman in Florida tried to drown two girls in a hotel pool, police say.
Rachel Desimone, 50, from Bonita Springs, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the crime, according to the Naples Daily News.
A group of people, including Desimone, a father of one of the girls, and the girls' friends, were out on a rented boat on Saturday. Desimone was rude and belligerent throughout the day, a police report said, and she threw trash at the girls and yelled at them repeatedly.
Eventually, the boat docked at the Cove Inn in Naples, and the girls went to the hotel pool. Desimone followed them, and "stumbled" into the water, the report said.
The girls were in the shallow end but moved to the deep end of the pool to get away from Desimone. Desimone followed them to the back and told the girls they were being rude. After that, police said, she grabbed a girl by her ponytail and pushed her face underwater.
The girl, gasping for air, fought back by punching and kicking Desimone. Another girl tried to help her friend, and Desimone allegedly grabbed her the hair and pushed her underwater too.
The three of them started struggling, the report said, and Desimone pushed one of them underwater two more times, to the point where the girl thought she was going to die.
The father saw what was going on and ran out to the pool screaming for Desimone to stop, the report said, and several other witnesses corroborated the girls' story.
Desimone was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse. She was released on bond, according to WINK-TV in Naples. A spokesperson for the Naples Police Department declined to comment to Oxygen.com about the case, saying it was an open investigation.
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