Crime

Yelm woman arrested, jailed on suspicion of child assault

A 33-year-old Yelm woman diagnosed with schizophrenia was arrested on suspicion of second- degree assault of a child Sunday after she allegedly choked her 4-year-old daughter until the child lost consciousness, court papers state.

Rosemary Amyot was being held at the Thurston County Jail on Monday after a judge ordered bail set at $50,000.

According to court papers:

Amyot began strangling the 4-year-old Sunday at a Cascara Court residence. The incident that led to the strangling began when the child started crying because she couldn’t close a sliding screen door at the home.

The 4-year-old’s grandmother witnessed the incident and called 911.

The grandmother reported that Amyot had gone up to her daughter and started hugging her, “then all of a sudden put her hands around (the child’s) neck and started strangling her.”

The grandmother said she saw the child’s face turning red. As the child fell to the ground with her mother on top of her, strangling her, the grandmother said she tried to pull Amyot off of the child, without success.

The child then went unconscious, and the grandmother called 911.

The child’s grandmother told police that the child’s father is stationed in Korea, and she flew out from New York at Amyot’s request. The grandmother said “Rosemary has been diagnosed with depression, bipolar and schizophrenia,” and that she had not been taking her medication.

When Amyot was interviewed by a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy, Amyot “had a distant stare and showed no emotions whatsoever.”

The child was taken to an area hospital. Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines said the child was doing OK Monday and has been placed in her grandmother’s custody.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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