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Crime & Courts

DeKalb woman accused of choking child over lie

SYCAMORE – A 42-year-old DeKalb woman accused of choking her daughter because she lied to her about where she was going has been turned loose on her signature.

Mary A. Moses, of the 100 block of Gurler Street, has been charged with two counts of domestic battery and endangering the life of a child, both punishable by less than a year in jail.

Police said the 13-year-old child told a counselor Tuesday at Huntley Middle School that she’d been attacked by her parents Saturday, after she’d told them she was going to the library but ended up at Huskie Den with a boy, court records show.

The child told the counselor that her mother had choked her for more than two minutes and slammed her head into the wall and the refrigerator, and according to court records, photos taken by the child’s sister corroborate her story.

The counselor contacted the Department of Child and Family Services, which has recommended Moses not have contact with the victim, according to Assistant State's Attorney Brooks Locke. Locke said the child was out of school Wednesday because she'd been taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.

Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert on Wednesday ordered that Moses be released on her signature, but that she be barred contact with the child.

A woman who said in court Wednesday that she was Moses’ daughter said she’ll be able to live in the home of another of her daughters.

Moses is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

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