updated 8:09 AM UTC, May 21, 2020

Local woman arrested after assaulting her child

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County woman was jailed on March 20 after assaulting her child during an incident in Ivanhoe. 

“Deputy Casey Whitworth was dispatched to a disturbance in Ivanhoe involving a child,” Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said. “When he arrived on scene, Whitworth met with a woman that was walking away from the residence. She stated that her name was Juanita Mobley, and that she and her husband were getting a divorce, so she had come to stay with her aunt, Sarah Richardson, in Ivanhoe.”

According to Whitworth, Mobley had attempted to leave the home with her children but Richardson would not allow Mobley to take the children with her.

“According to witnesses, Mobley became extremely agitated and yelled for her 12 year old daughter to leave with her,” Weatherford said. “The child came downstairs, but Richardson told Mobley that she was not going to leave with the child because of her erratic behavior and the possibility of being intoxicated. Mobley then grabbed the child by the upper arm with enough force to leave redness and fingerprint marks on both sides of the child’s arm.”

According to Weatherford, Mobley then proceeded to forcefully remove the child from the home and onto the porch area. 

“The terrified child would still not comply with Mobley’s demands, so Mobley grabbed the child by the throat,” Weatherford said. “Circulation was momentarily cut off until Richardson could remove the child from Mobley.” 

Both witnesses and the child noticed the redness and small scratch on the child’s neck, consistent with someone being strangulated. Due to the evidence of the injury to the child, Mobley was arrested and charged with Injury to a Child and Assault Family Violence Impeding Breathe or Circulation. 


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