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Monroe woman charged with biting her two sons

Published October 28. 2010 05:00PM

A Monroe County woman has been arrested for allegedly biting her two sons and causing injuries.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the woman as Catherine Beth Applegate, of 613A Camellia Rd., in Brodheadsville, Chestnuthill Township. She has been charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering and endangering the welfare of a child.

Troopers gave the following account of what happened.

On Wednesday at 9:45 p.m. troopers were called to the Applegate residence by a neighbor to a report of a woman assaulting her two male children. While en route troopers found Applegate walking along SR209. She told troopers she had been involved in an altercation at her home. Troopers noted she had bloodshot and glassy eyes and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She was placed in custody and returned to her apartment.

At the scene troopers spoke with Robert Verrinder, who resides in an apartment next to the defendant. He told troopers he heard Applegate's children banging on a door that is between the apartments and screaming, "Help us."

He went to the apartment and entered. He said he then saw Applegate grabbing her 7-year-old son as he tried to get away from her. He took the child and a female in the apartment to his apartment for safety.

Verrinder said before he could return to Applegate's apartment to get the other boy, age 11, the boy was banging on his door to get in. He opened the door and saw Applegate grabbing the 11-year-old and biting him. He pulled the boy away from her and took him into his apartment.

Troopers spoke with the oldest boy who told them his mother began screaming at him and his brother about money missing from her purse. She then grabbed the 7-year-old and began biting his face. The older boy said he tried to help his brother get free.

The mother let go of the younger boy and then grabbed the 11-year-old and began biting him on his shoulder, back and back of his head, police said. He eventually broke free from her and ran to Verrinder's apartment for help.

Troopers said at the scene they observed physical injuries to both boys. The older boy appeared to have bite marks to his shoulder, back and back of his head and the younger one bite marks to his face.

Troopers did not indicate if the children were taken to a hospital for treatment.

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