Police: Mother Assaults Child With Hedge Clippers In Westwood

WESTWOOD, Mass. (CBS) — A Westwood mother is accused of assaulting one of her two children with electric hedge clippers Monday, Westwood police said in a prepared statement.

At about 4:50 p.m. , officers were dispatched to 126 Pond St., where a domestic violence incident had been reported. When the officers arrived, they found Maureen Mullin of 126 Pond St. had assaulted her 9-year-old daughter with the gardening tool. The child suffered injuries that were considered “significant, but non life threatening,” police said.

The father at the home “interceded in the struggle and prevented further harm from occurring to himself and the two children at the home,” police said.

Westwood police and firefighters provided treatment to Mullin and the injured girl at the home, then both were taken to a Boston hospital for treatment, police said. They are expected to recover fully from their wounds.

Mullin was arraigned at the hospital, police said. She faces the following charges: attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a child with injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon by means of electric hedge clippers.

The Westwood Police, state police and Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the case.


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