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Mom in Videotaped Beating Expected to Plead Innocent
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Posted on 09/23/2002 7:07:37 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:34:44 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

TINLEY PARK, Ill. A woman caught on videotape beating her child in a department store parking lot was expected to plead innocent at her arraignment Monday morning in Indiana.

Madelyne Gorman Toogood, 25, was charged with felony battery to a child, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. She surrendered to police Saturday.


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KEYWORDS: childabuse; toogood; traveler; travelers; videotape
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A search did not produce this update of the story. Hope this post isn't a duplicate. There seems to be more information given about the incident here. BTW, the words in the thread title saying "plead innocent" are theirs, not mine.
1 posted on 09/23/2002 7:07:37 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes
I saw part of hre news conference. she was slobbering and blubbering. I question her mental stability.
2 posted on 09/23/2002 7:09:34 AM PDT by camle
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To: Tired of Taxes
Toogood, who said she is an Irish traveler

is that similar to an Irish Setter?

3 posted on 09/23/2002 7:11:16 AM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: Tired of Taxes

Gypsy. Tramp. Theif.

I feel a song coming on. <|:/~

4 posted on 09/23/2002 7:11:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: Tired of Taxes
Toogood told reporters Sunday she hit her 4-year-old daughter, Martha, in the head and back and pulled her hair -- but did not punch her.

Oh, no big deal then.

5 posted on 09/23/2002 7:12:22 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: martin_fierro
Theif=Thief
6 posted on 09/23/2002 7:12:25 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: ghost of nixon
Not quite. Some details on this sinister group responsible for many depredations in now disarmed England and a great deal of gypsy scam actions here.

Breakthrough in child beating case

Updated: 2002-09-20 17:32:27-05

http://216.239.35.100/search?q=cache:ZxVaBDsbxTAJ:www.wndu.com/news/092002/news_16249.php+%22irish+travelers%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8



Police continue to look for more information that will lead them to a mother seen on a security camera tape beating a young girl in the Mishawaka Kohl's parking lot. It's video that is quite disturbing but it's being shown nationwide in hopes of gaining more information.

Breakthrough in case

Madelyne's sister, 30-year-old Margaret Daley, seen exiting Kohl's with Madelyne, was arrested on Monday at an apartment complex off of Douglas in Mishawaka. She was arrested for failure to cooperate with police. She is now in police custody in the St. Joseph County Jail charged with failure to report child abuse, a misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face up to six months in jail.

Madelyne Gorman/Madelyne Toogood
On Thursday, police released a picture of the woman on the tape. Her name is Madelyne Gorman. She also goes by Madelyne Toogood. She's seen on the tape taken a week ago in the parking lot of the Kohl's department store. As the child got into the car, the woman looked around and then began beating her. Police think the girl, whose name is Martha Toogood, is only 4 or 5 years old.

Irish Travelers
Assistant prosecutor Maggie Jones believes the suspect is part of a group known as the Irish Travelers. The group is known for traveling the country looking for seasonal work. This is why authorities fear the suspect may flee from the Michiana area. Police have received tips from residents in the Main Street Village Apartments in Mishawaka. Police believe Madelyne may have lived there. She was not on any lease but the owner believes she was living here for several weeks. Residents there suspect members of the Irish Travelers moved into Main Street Village Apartments. Since the video aired, no one has seen her around.

The owner of the Elkhart Campground said he recently saw Madelyne. She was visiting her grandmother, who has stayed at the campground for the past 10-15 summers.

Car registered in Texas
Newscenter 16 has learned that the car in the video, a Toyota Sequoia, was registered to an address in the Fort Worth, Texas area. There is a large concentration of Irish travelers in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth.

Outstanding warrants
Madelyne Gorman has two outstanding warrants in her name in Texas. One warrant is for theft; the other is for driving without a license. The theft warrant was issued in April. At that time Madelyne told police she lived at an address on Bristol Street in Elkhart. If Madelyne is caught, she could face battery charges for the Kohl's parking lot incident. That is a class D felony that could carry a year and a half sentence.

Call if you have any information
Police are still asking for the publics help in trying to track her down. Police have received numerous tips from concerned residents in our area about this case. If you have any information in the case call Mishawaka police at 258-1684 or email them at Police@Mishawakacity.com.

7 posted on 09/23/2002 7:14:09 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: dighton; aculeus; general_re
Toogood told reporters Sunday she hit her 4-year-old daughter, Martha, in the head and back and pulled her hair -- but did not punch her.


I hit them in the head, but I didn't punch them.

8 posted on 09/23/2002 7:16:00 AM PDT by Orual
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To: Orual
"She didn't want to nail my head to the floor. I had to insist".
9 posted on 09/23/2002 7:17:24 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: camle

Toogood with her lawyer (from the firm, "1-800-WILLSUE4FOOD")

10 posted on 09/23/2002 7:17:48 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro
"with felony battery to a child, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison"

Anybody else think that this penalty is a little on the weak side?

11 posted on 09/23/2002 7:24:18 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: Tired of Taxes; camle; martin_fierro; robowombat; Orual
An excellent read that you need to keep.

"Regarding non-Gypsy law, They are obeyed but they are not complied with. Gypsies never fight against constituted authority; they simply agree to do what they are told to do, pretend to accept the assumptions of the stronger party and then, in their time-honored way, they keep on doing what they have always done."

12 posted on 09/23/2002 7:25:04 AM PDT by ofMagog
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To: AppyPappy; Orual; dighton; aculeus
Saw the video for the first time yesterday. If you squint really hard, you can tell that the little girl is repeatedly and viciously ramming her head into her mother's closed fist....
13 posted on 09/23/2002 7:25:11 AM PDT by general_re
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To: Tired of Taxes
Dammit, when are you people going to get this straight. We don't know that mother beat her child. OK, there was the terrible video, and then the confessions from the mother, the father and the lawyer...but what do we really know? I'd like to get this cleared up as soon as possible, because it is taking time away from my investigation of whether Mike Tyson is really the ear biter everyone accuses him of being.
14 posted on 09/23/2002 7:26:05 AM PDT by Rokke
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To: Tired of Taxes
Well TOOBAD for Toogood.....Hope they never give her child back....
15 posted on 09/23/2002 7:46:33 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Rokke
Rosen, her attorney, said he believed the hitting took place because Martha misbehaved in the store, taking toys out of packages and wandering away, prompting store employees to page Toogood twice.

What kind of mother allows her four year old to wander away not once, but twice, in a department store? The child wandered far enough both times to have to have the store page the mother.

16 posted on 09/23/2002 7:47:07 AM PDT by alnick
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To: Rokke
there was the terrible video, and then the confessions from the mother, the father and the lawyer...

Exactly, and don't be fooled.

Just because the prosecutor claims that the girl shows no injuries it does not mean that she was not savagely beaten and she doesn't have injuries and scars she will live with for most of the rest of her probably short, unhappy life.

Don't be fooled people! Her mother is a Gypsy and a monster. I suggest that you somehow find where she is at this time and 'do something' about it. Remember - it's for the children.

If you don't know what to do, take a hint from Judge Heraldo. He calmly evaluated the situation and now suggests that the mother must have her hands broken. He reports... you carry the sentence.

17 posted on 09/23/2002 7:54:55 AM PDT by A Vast RightWing Conspirator
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To: alnick
What kind of mother allows her four year old to wander away not once, but twice, in a department store? The child wandered far enough both times to have to have the store page the mother.

Absolutely. Only a Gypsy mother would behave that way.

She must have ALL her kids taken away and given to various lesbian loving families so that they can heal.

18 posted on 09/23/2002 7:56:30 AM PDT by A Vast RightWing Conspirator
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To: ofMagog
"Regarding non-Gypsy law, They are obeyed but they are not complied with. Gypsies never fight against constituted authority; they simply agree to do what they are told to do, pretend to accept the assumptions of the stronger party and then, in their time-honored way, they keep on doing what they have always done."

In other words, they cynically pay lip service to following the law.

Sound like anyone else we know?

19 posted on 09/23/2002 7:57:27 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro
Gee, I wonder if she scammed that sweater for him.
20 posted on 09/23/2002 7:59:19 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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