Peace bond re­places charges for mother who tried ‘mis­guided in­ter­ven­tion’ with her daugh­ter

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REVELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

Charges of kid­nap­ping, as­sault and con­spir­acy were with­drawn Wed­nes­day against a Medicine Hat woman for an in­ci­dent de­scribed as a “mis­guided in­ter­ven­tion” with her daugh­ter.

The woman — who isn’t be­ing named so as to pro­tect the iden­tity of the girl who was 17 at the time — in­stead en­tered into a 12-month peace bond, with the prom­ise to be of good be­hav­iour and keep the peace.

It’s a “bit un­usual” for a se­ri­ous charges like kid­nap­ping to be re­solved in this way, the Crown said, with the in­ci­dent de­scribed in court as a “mis­guided in­ter­ven­tion” on be­half of the mother who was try­ing to get the girl sober, and then into a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Jan­uary when the woman, with the as­sis­tance an­other man and woman, lo­cated the young woman at a con­ve­nience store, grabbed her and took her out to a car against her will.

A less kind de­scrip­tion would be “vig­i­lan­tism,” said the Crown.

The daugh­ter is now liv­ing out of province with rel­a­tives, is seek­ing treat­ment and is work­ing to deal with her ad­dic­tions.

“I’m su­per proud of her,” the mother told the judge, with tears from both mother and daugh­ter at times dur­ing the court pro­ceed­ings.

Judge Red­man said the charges were se­ri­ous, but due to the cir­cum­stances he feels com­fort­able pro­ceed­ing with the peace bond in­stead of deal­ing with the mat­ter like the mother is a crim­i­nal.

The other woman in­volved pled guilty to sim­ple as­sault and was sentenced to 60 days time served in Au­gust.

Judge Red­man also va­cated the war­rant and charges were with­drawn against the man in­volved, who had al­legedly been the driver of the ve­hi­cle but had at­tempted to ex­tri­cate him­self from the sit­u­a­tion as it es­ca­lated.

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