PITTSFIELD -- A 31-year-old mother of five who police allege struck a 6-year-old in the face with a leather belt had her case continued without a finding of guilt for a year.
On Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court, a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against Sarail Navarro of Pittsfield was continued for a year. During that time, she must complete anger management and parenting classes, among other conditions.
Judge Michael J. Ripps also ordered that she have no unsupervised contact with any child under 16.
The investigation began in April after school officials reported that a 6-year-old had shown up to school with a large mark on his face.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack, Navarro blamed the child's 3-year-old sibling for the wound when Pittsfield Police and representatives of the Department of Children & Families went to her home on April 12. She told police that the two children fought with each other.
Mack said that investigators did not believe the younger child had the strength to hit the 6-year-old hard enough to leave the mark on his face and believe Navarro was responsible.
When police were at the residence, Navarro called the 6-year-old a "liar," police said.
When they attempted to take Navarro into custody, she became combative and kicked one of the officer's in the shin, according to Mack.
Navarro had been held in jail on $2,500 cash or $25,000 bail bond since April and was given time served (90 days) on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Mack said Navarro's children are currently in foster care.
Navarro's attorney, Dean R. Manuel, said his client, a single mother, was distraught over the situation. Manuel asked for a continuation without a finding on the assault charge.
The prosecutor was asking for a year in jail with 90 days to be served and the rest of the time suspended during a probationary period.
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