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Industry woman charged with assaulting juvenile

Rose Bernard (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Detention Center)

INDUSTRY - A local woman was arrested Wednesday evening, after she allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old at a residence on the Industry Road via strangulation.

Rose Bernard, 34 of Industry, has been charged with aggravated assault, a Class B felony, as well as misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held without bail at Franklin County Detention Center as she awaits her initial appearance in court.

According to Maine State Police Trooper Randy Hall, a 9-1-1 call was taken by dispatch at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday evening regarding an altercation at a residence on the Industry Road. Hall responded immediately, with Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Andrew Morgan and Deputy Brian McCormick also arriving at the scene to assist in conducting interviews.

It is alleged that Bernard strangled a 14-year-old as part of that altercation. Bernard and the alleged victim knew one another, Hall said. He noted that both state and county law enforcement had previous interactions with Bernard and the Industry Road residence prior to Wednesday's altercation.

The Class B aggravated assault charge relates to the allegation of strangulation. In the Maine Criminal Code, "strangulation" in this context refers to "the intentional impeding of the breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying pressure on the person's throat or neck."

Bernard was transported to FCDC where she has been held without bail. She will appear in court tomorrow for an initial appearance. Hall said that the juvenile is currently staying with another family.

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6 Responses »

  1. As a society, we are failing our children. As adults, we are responsible for loving, nurturing and protecting minor children not subjecting them to physical abuse.

  2. something massively wrong here------intervention of several sorts seems to be needed.

  3. Wow ! At least somebody must have stopped her before she did the poor kid in ! Somebody needs (Anger management)!

  4. 6 months anger management classes and a year of probation is what the system will give her for a plea deal.

  5. Sad state of affairs here in our nation these days. No respect. Definitely needs to be in a mental hospital for some kind of therapy.

  6. The courts and state don't really help these folks out...they seem to actually not help and make it worse...this probably could've been taken care of months ago with some good intervention by removing folks from the home, getting meds, counseling, getting rid of drugs / booze...sad, sad, sad.