Pittsfield woman with history of assault charges denies hitting her 6-year-old son

Wednesday April 17, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield woman’s right to bail was revoked on Tuesday after she pleaded not guilty to assaulting her 6-year-old son.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Savail Navarro, 31, of North Pearl Street, was arraigned on single counts of assault and battery on a juvenile, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest. She was arrested on Friday.

In light of the latest case, Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked Navarro’s right to bail on a previous assault and battery case, in which the defendant is accused of assaulting her then 14-year-old niece in Springfield in April 2008. She has been in default in that case for four years.

"She has a history of assaultive-type behavior," said Assistant District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack, "and a history of numerous warrants and defaults."

He set bail for Navarro at $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bond on the most recent charges.

According to Mack, Pittsfield Police were asked to accompany a representative of the Department of Children and Families to Navarro’s residence on Friday after authorities at the youngster’s school reported he had gone to school with a large red lump on his cheek.

Navarro became combative when questioned, according to Mack, and told authorities that her son was a liar. After the officers couldn’t calm her down, they attempted to take her into custody. But Navarro, who stands just over 5 feet tall and who weighs 140 pounds, according to court documents, tensed her arms, began thrashing around, and then kicked one of the officers in the shin, Mack said.

When authorities tried to question Navarro’s son, Mack said three other children yelled at him and said "don’t tell them anything."

The youngster was reluctant to tell the officers anything, but later admitted that his mother had hit him in the face with a white belt, according to information offered in open court on Tuesday.

Attorney Dean Manuel of North Adams, who represented Navarro, had asked the court not to revoke his client’s right to bail and to release her on personal recognizance.

A native of New Jersey who has lived in Pittsfield for five months, Manuel said Navarro is a single mother who is trying to raise five children by herself and is unable to work due to a "mental disability," which was not disclosed in court.

Manuel said Navarro would be unable to raise $10,000 for bail, which is the amount that Mack had originally requested from the court. Navarro has been in default on the Springfield case since 2009 because she lost track of the court dates, he said.

A pretrial hearing on the Pittsfield charges has been scheduled for May 15.


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