A 22-year-old Pennsylvania mother was arrested last week after allegedly beating and strangling her 3-year-old daughter because she wanted the child to “know what it feels like to choke.” Mary Hawkinsin Harrisburg, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with several felony counts, including three counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempted murder, one count of strangulation and one count of endangering welfare. of a child, court file Reviewed by Law & Crime show.
Following the alleged incident, Hawkins appeared before the District Judge in the Dauphin County Courthouse Barbara W. Pianka for her arrangement. Judge Pianka ordered Hawkins to be held without bond until her preliminary hearing next month due to the “nature of the charges” she is facing.
According to an affidavit probable cause obtained by PennLiveHarrisburg Police Department officers at approximately 11:48 a.m. Thursday responded to a 911 call about a possible assault on a child at a home located on the 500 block of 17 South Street. . The call is believed to have been made by the victim’s grandmother.
The grandmother is said to have told the 911 dispatcher that when she entered the house, she heard Hawkins shouting, “Why can’t you be happy?” The grandmother then went to the toddler’s room at the back of the house, where she allegedly saw Hawkins “sit on the 3-year-old and choke her,” per PennLive. The grandmother told investigators that Hawkins put enough pressure on the child’s throat to prevent the child from making any sounds.
“What the hell are you doing?” The grandmother screamed as she entered the child’s bedroom, according to the affidavit.
Upon seeing her boyfriend’s mother, Hawkins immediately stopped strangling her daughter, according to PennLive. Hawkins then asked her boyfriend’s mother to kill her.
Police said Hawkins punched his young daughter several times during the alleged attack. The 3-year-old victim is said to have suffered significant bruising on his face as well as a ruptured blood vessel in his left eye.
The victim was transported to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Thursday afternoon for treatment, where doctors informed police she was expected to make a full recovery.
In a later interview with police, Hawkins allegedly admitted to strangling his daughter about five times a day. When asked why she strangled the toddler, Hawkins said she gave a disturbing answer.
“I wanted her to feel what I was feeling,” she said, according to the affidavit. “I know what it feels like to choke.”
Based on PennLive, the victim’s father broke up with Hawkins after the alleged assault. Prosecutors argued that Hawkins should be held without bond because her relationship with the child’s father was her only tie to the state of Pennsylvania. The Hawkins family is said to live in Georgia.
Hawkins is currently on hold in the Dauphin County Jail. She is currently scheduled to appear before the District Judge Paul T. Zozos on March 15 for a preliminary hearing.
The Dauphin County District Attorney’s office and the Harrisburg Police Department did not immediately respond to messages from Law & Crime seeking additional details about the incident.
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