Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Woman Accused of Attacking Daughter with Hedge Clipper

A Massachussets woman is facing a slew of serious charges after allegedly attacking her daughter with a pair of electric hedge clippers.

According to police, 39-year-old Maureen Mullin and her 9-year-old daughter were both hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after the alleged attack. The girl’s father was able to stop the attack from going further, say police, and another child who was present wasn’t harmed.

Mullin is charged with 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 charge of mayhem (the word comes from the same Old French root as “maim”) used in incidents of disabling, disfiguring another person’s arms or legs.

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