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Lemon Grove councilwoman arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

Posted at 10:01 PM, Apr 23, 2022

UPDATE (April 25): The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Lemon Grove City Councilmember Liana LeBaron was arrested April 18 by sheriff’s deputies on misdemeanor suspicion of domestic battery.

A DA’s Office official said LeBaron posted $10,000 bail and was released from custody.

She is expected to be arraigned June 6 in an East County courtroom.

The case is being reviewed by the district attorney’s office for possible criminal charges, the official told ABC 10News. In court documents, a temporary restraining order accuses Lebaron of hitting, kicking, biting and throwing things at a family member. The documents say arguments often started over finances, and that Lebaron also threatened to spread misinformation about her family member in an effort to get him in trouble at work.

Lebaron told ABC 10News Monday the family member's claims are false, and she looks forward to telling her side of the story in court to clear her name.

The City of Lemon Grove sent ABC 10News a statement Monday.

The City has been made aware of the recent arrest of Council Member Lebaron for alleged domestic violence.  The City has no comment regarding the specific allegations at issue at this time, but recognizes the severity and seriousness of domestic violence in general.  If you are a victim and need help, please reach out to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (KGTV) — A Lemon Grove city councilwoman was served an emergency protective order by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department earlier this week.

According to the sheriff's department's website, the restraining order was filed against Councilwoman Liana LeBaron on April 18 and it claims to be for domestic violence prevention. She was also served with an order of removal from a residence the following day.

LeBaron's hearing for her restraining order is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 at 9 a.m.

Recently in March 2022, the Lemon Grove City Council held back from passing a formal rebuke against LeBaron after community members supported LeBaron after accusations of using a racial slur, disrupting meetings, and abusing fellow staff.

ABC 10 has reached out to the Sheriff’s Department and the City of Lemon Grove for comment.