updated 5/4/2005 5:45:13 PM ET 2005-05-04T21:45:13

A 2-month-old baby girl was doused with pepper spray in a feud between two families in a Wal-Mart, police said.

Lorlie M. Gantenbein, 36, of Sagle, was charged Tuesday with felony injury to a child. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

The 2-month-old girl was recovering at home after being sprayed Monday, police Chief Mike Hutter said. The infant had been treated and released at a hospital.

The cause of the dispute between the families was not immediately known. “It sounded like this has been going on for a while,” Hutter told the Bonner County Daily Bee. “It just escalated.”

Police said Gantenbein’s 16-year-old daughter sprayed the infant’s grandmother and aunt, one of whom was holding the child. Gantenbein then took the canister and sprayed the baby, authorities said. The juvenile was cited with two counts of battery.

Gantenbein had not been appointed a public defender, authorities said Wednesday.

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