Thread: Mother Of The Year Award Nominee
03.20.12, 06:26 PM #1
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Mother Of The Year Award Nominee
Mother locks down house, removes doorknobs, seals escapes and disables sprinklers. Slits children’s throats and burns house
Prosecutors in Salem, Mass., have officially charged Tanicia Goodwin with two counts each of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and arson. The mother of two is accused of slashing her kids’ throats Sunday night before setting her apartment on fire.
Goodwin turned herself in Monday morning at a local police station. Covered in blood and lighter fluid, she allegedly told officers that she was just trying to protect her kids and had planned to commit suicide.
Firefighters became aware of the situation when they saw Tanicia Goodwin carrying her injured 3-year-old daughter outside, reports Reuters. Rescuers then found Goodwin’s 8-year-old son in the apartment with his throat slashed. They realized that Goodwin had disabled the apartment’s smoke alarms and sprinklers, and had also blocked the air vents.
Prosecutors have requested a so-called “dangerousness” hearing, which the Boston Globe reports is scheduled for March 26. At the hearing, a judge will decide whether Goodwin is too dangerous to be released while she awaits trial. Massachusetts law allows defendants to be held up to 90 days without bail if prosecutors can prove that there is no other way to reasonably ensure the public’s safety.
It’s highly likely that the judge will grant the prosecution’s request. At first blush, it appears that Tanicia Goodwin is suffering from some sort of mental illness: She allegedly slashed her kids’ throats and then set her apartment on fire with the purpose of eventually committing suicide. If the allegations are true, a court would likely want this kind of person to receive treatment before trusting that she is safe to roam the streets.
Family members said today they had different opinions on whether a small boy should have been returned to the Salem mother who allegedly slashed his and his sister’s throats on Sunday.
Wayne Cox, 62, cousin of Tanicia Goodwin, 25, had custody of her son, Jamaal, from 2007 to 2010. It was a mistake, he said, to return the boy to his mother’s care. She had a history of violent behavior, he said, and did not have the skills necessary to be a good parent.
“If you paid attention, all the warning signs were there since she was a teenager,” Cox said
Cox said he blamed the court system for the trauma endured by Jamaal and his sister, Erica. He worried that judges are too focused on keeping children with their biological mothers — even when evidence suggests that the mother is unstable.
“I believe that the courts are so busy trying to be politically correct that they are not listening, and kids are getting hurt,” Cox said.
Cox’s sister, Deborah Cox, said she, on the other hand, had pushed for the boy to be returned to his mother because she wanted the family to be together. She said she had no indication Goodwin could have been dangerous toward her children.
“If that had been a fleeting thought in my mind, I never would have sanctioned or supported it,” Cox said.
Cox said she believed her cousin was mentally ill and that the crime was not premeditated. She hopes Goodwin will be placed in a psychiatric hospital.
“I know she’s not sophisticated enough to conjure this up,” Cox said. “I know she had to be so far in hell to do this.”
Both Wayne and Deborah Cox were interviewed by reporters in front of Deborah’s Dorchester home today.
BRING BACK STATE RUN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS INSTEAD OF DUMPING PEOPLE LIKE THIS ONTO MAIN STREET TO LET THEM BREED"Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton
03.21.12, 02:15 PM #2
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"Prosecutors have requested a so-called “dangerousness” hearing, which the Boston Globe reports is scheduled for March 26. At the hearing, a judge will decide whether Goodwin is too dangerous to be released while she awaits trial. Massachusetts law allows defendants to be held up to 90 days without bail if prosecutors can prove that there is no other way to reasonably ensure the public’s safety."
They actually need a meeting to determine that? WOWCabo x 20
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Sammy x 20+
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