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Mother to be Sentenced for Scissor Attack
February 13, 2008 permalink
The report of a mother attacking a CAS worker with scissors has been followed up, this time giving her name, Crystal Mitchell. She evidently took pride in her daughter's hair and was outraged when children's aid cut it. She tried to reciprocate by cutting the worker's hair.
Woman who attacked worker can present evidence
Posted By By GALEN EAGLE/Examiner Staff Writer, February 12, 2008
A provincial judge will allow a woman found guilty of assaulting a Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society worker with scissors to present evidence in her defence Thursday.
Crystal Mitchell, 35, entered the agency's office on Chemong Road on Nov. 21, grabbed a worker and lunged at her with a pair of scissors in her hand.
She was charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Mitchell said the agency cut her daughter’s hair without permission and she wanted to cut the CAS worker’s hair as a result.
The CAS said it did not cut her daughter’s hair and the author of Mitchell’s pre-sentence report confirmed that, court heard.
But Mitchell insisted she has photographs proving her daughter’s hair was cut and her lawyer, James Hauraney, said Mr. Justice Rhys Morgan should see those pictures before sentencing her.
Morgan agreed and adjourned the case until Thursday.
Source: Peterborough Examiner
Addendum: Sentence has been pronounced. Crystal Mitchell's pre-sentence report says she suffers from persecutory delusional disorder. That sounds to us like the way a normal person responds to having a child stolen.
Woman gets 10 months for attack on CAS worker
Posted By By GALEN EAGLE/Examiner Staff Writer, February 14, 2008
Covering her eyes with her hands, Crystal Mitchell shook her head and buried her face inside her purple sweater as a provincial judge gave her a 10-month jail sentence for assaulting a Children's Aid Society worker Thursday.
Mitchell, 35, entered the agency's office on Chemong Road on Nov. 21, grabbed a worker and lunged at her with a pair of scissors in her hand.
A struggle took place and Mitchell bit the worker on her arm and finger.
She was charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon and pleaded guilty.
Accusing the CAS worker of cutting her daughter's hair without permission, Mitchell told court she was standing up for her daughter's rights and wanted only to cut the CAS worker's hair in response.
Mitchell told the author of her pre-sentence report she would do it again and the author states she showed no remorse.
The agency did not cut her daughter’s hair, court heard.
According to the pre-sentence report, Mitchell suffers from a diagnosed persecutory delusional disorder and refuses to accept treatment or medication and denies having any mental illness.
She is a high-risk to re-offend, the report states.
Mitchell has served the equivalent of six months in pre-sentence custody, so Mr. Justice Rhys Morgan gave her an additional four months. He recommended she serve the sentence at the St. Lawrence Valley Treatment Centre in Brockville.
Upon her release, she will be placed on probation for two years. She has been banned from possessing firearms for 10 years.
Source: Peterborough Examiner