San Augustine authorities: woman attacks step-sister while holding baby

Amber Holloway (San Augustine County Jail)
Amber Holloway (San Augustine County Jail)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - San Augustine County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 23-year-old woman on Dec. 30, 2012 after she allegedly tried to choke another woman who was holding a 13-month-old boy in her arms on December 18, 2012.

Amber Nicole Holloway, of San Augustine, was arrested and charged with assault-family violence and child endangerment. The latter charge is a state-felony. She has since posted bond and has been released.

According to the arrest affidavit, SACSO Deputy Charles Goodwin met with Rachael Miller on Dec. 19, 2012. Miller told him that she spent the night at Holloway's residence on FM 1992, near Highway 103 in San Augustine on Dec. 17. She also said that Holloway is her step-sister.

Miller, Holloway, and another friend were riding four-wheelers late in the evening of Dec. 18, when the women decided to go to a male friend's residence, the affidavit stated. While they were there, Holloway told Miller several times that she was a bad parent.

The affidavit said Miller was trying not to fight, and she asked Holloway and their female friend to leave with her because they all had arrived on the same four-wheeler.

At that point, Holloway allegedly cussed her sister out and told her, "You need to put your son down before I beat your a--." Then Miller placed her 13-month-old son on the floor to keep him out of danger, and Holloway allegedly ran toward her and started scratching her in the face with both hands, the affidavit stated.

The male friend pulled the two women apart. While he was doing so, Holloway kept trying to get Miller to fight by egging her on verbally. During the argument, Miller told Holloway that she needed to stop smoking marijuana and using pills or she would lose her twin infant sons.

By then, Miller had picked her son up again. Holloway charged her step-sister again, and while Miller was holding the child, Holloway allegedly started choking her with both hands. The affidavit stated Miller almost dropped her son before they both fell onto a couch.

At that point, the male friend took Miller's child from her to protect him. Holloway allegedly attacked her step-sister and again started scratching her face.

Once the male friend finally got the two women separated, he took Miller and her son back their residence in the 3000 block of CR 346.

When Goodwin questioned Miller a day later, he noticed numerous scratches on her face, along with redness on her neck. He also took digital pictures of Miller's injuries.

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