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Girl, 15, admits to assault in her home

June 17, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 15-year-old girl admitted in juvenile court Wednesday to second-degree assault related to an April incident in which she swung a rake at her brother, chased him around the house with a knife and scared her mother.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, placed the girl on indefinite supervised probation. He set the probation with several conditions, including requirements she serve 45 days of community detention, follow her mother's rules and attend family counseling.

"This is not the first time that there's been an assault upon your mother when I look at this file," Wright said.

He said she was in court in September 2002 for assaulting her mother. Wright said the girl is also a "very capable young person."

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"You understand the consequences of your own actions, don't you?" he asked the girl.

She replied by slightly hanging her head.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores read the statement of facts related to the charge:

On April 16, the girl's mother reported she and her daughter had been arguing when the girl picked up a rake inside the apartment in the 1400 block of Haven Road, and swung it at her brother. Then the girl picked up a knife and chased her brother into a bedroom.

Flores said a March case placed on the inactive docket involved an alleged assault with a weapon by the girl upon her brother.

"There's a history in the family of these assaults, and in each case she's grabbing a knife or some other type of weapon," she said.

Wright said the girl seemed to have done well on community detention recently.

Flores said the mother told her the girl "is a different person when she's on home detention because she doesn't get what she wants."

"She does things that are a risk to other people and she's going to be held responsible," Wright said.

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