Pittsfield woman seeks bail on charges she threatened DCF worker
PITTSFIELD — A city woman being held as dangerous for allegedly threatening a social worker does not pose a danger and should be granted bail, her attorney said Wednesday.
Cassie L. Stapleberg, 38, is accused of warning her state Department of Children and Families case worker in a Facebook post that he should be, "ready for his karma," addressed him by name and said he, "met the wrong (woman)," and had to, "face the real music."
The post also featured a photo of the DCF worker with his minor daughter.
Stapleberg, 38, was ordered held for 120 days as dangerous on that charge following a hearing in Central Berkshire District Court in May.
She also faces a charge of kidnapping of a minor by a relative for allegedly helping to engineer the flight of her 17-year-old son from Berkshire Medical Center, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his knees.
Attorney, Jennifer Tyne, argued that it was unnecessary to keep her client locked up. She suggested Stapleberg could released with the condition that she stay away from and have no contact with the DCF worker.
Tyne said Stapleberg was being evaluated by a doctor at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton around the same time the post was apparently made.
She said the doctor found Stapleberg was not homicidal, suicidal nor violent.
Tyne said the DCF worker himself — who was not in court Wednesday — was in favor of an order prohibiting Stapleberg from coming near or contacting him.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Dana Parsons argued for the 120-day hold to remain in place, based on the theory the posted message was a genuine threat.
Parsons recounted the series of events, which led to Stapleberg's involvement with DCF, before Judge Maureen Hogan.
Stapleberg was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment in January when DCF and police tried to remove her children from the home.
The reckless endangerment charge has since been dropped, the disorderly conduct along with the kidnapping and witness intimidation charges remain.
Hogan took the matter under advisement.
Stapleberg is currently being held at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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