In an apparent act of retaliation, a mother and daughter have been arrested on assault-related charges for "taking matters into their own hands" by attacking three members of a city family last month with a baseball bat and a screwdriver, city police alleged in affidavit.
Rose Ann McKee, 43, of 1920 Vesta Ave., Old Lycoming Township, and Amanda R. Moore, 25, of 323 Locust St., have been charged with aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering, possession of an instrument of crime and disorderly conduct, Agent Trent R. Peacock said.
The two went to the home of Marquita Morgan at 823 High St. about 2:45 p.m. on May 24 and confronted Morgan and two other family members about a reported "robbery," Peacock alleged.
"Rather than properly report the alleged incident to the police, they chose to take matters into their own hands," Peacock said of McKee and Moore.
Moore allegedly struck Denise Crenshaw in the right arm and shoulder with a baseball bat, sparking "an all-out fight between the two women," the investigator said.
"McKee entered the fight with a screwdriver and at some point a knife," Peacock said. However, during the confrontation, Moore somehow ended up getting stabbed in the neck, he said. Seeing her injured daughter, McKee quickly retreated to her car and rushed Moore to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
As a result of the assault, Dominique Morton suffered a fractured hand as well as bruises to both her arms, Peacock said. Crenshaw suffered bruises to her right arm and shoulder while Marquita Morgan was cut on her left hand.
McKee and Moore were both arraigned Monday before District Judge James H. Sortman. McKee, who has served a three-year sentence at the state Correctional Institution at Muncy and has prior convictions for recklessly endangering and corrupting the morals of a minor, was released on $20,000 bail while her daughter was released on $15,000 bail.