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Mom unhappy with schools and virus arrested for child abuse, police say

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Jessica Cambray was arrested for investigation of two counts of child abuse, intoxication and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Utah County Jail

PROVO — A woman who allegedly wasn’t happy about the COVID-19 situation with her sons’ school was arrested for investigation of child abuse, according to police.

Jessica Cambray, 36, of Provo, was arrested early Wednesday for investigation of two counts of child abuse, intoxication and domestic violence in the presence of a child.

About midnight, police were called to report of domestic violence at Cambry’s house, where she lives with her common-law husband and three sons, ages 12, 12 and 9. Cambray was intoxicated, according to a jail affidavit.

“She was upset about her children’s school circumstances in regards to the coronavirus. The father and three children were spending time together in the boys’ bedroom. Jessica came into the room after on-and-off verbal arguments and began pushing her husband,” the affidavit states.

Cambray told police she slapped her husband in the throat with an open hand, but the children said she was “choking” him, according to the affidavit. She kicked one child and twisted the arm of another who tried to help their father, the affidavit states.

Cambray was previously convicted of domestic violence in 2007 and 2011.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.