Woman arrested on murder charges


A 30-year-old Craig woman was arrested Friday on charges she attempted to kill her 9-year-old son.

The woman posted bond and was released from the Moffat County Jail on Monday. She was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder and child abuse.

Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Officers were dispatched to the residence about 1 p.m. after the alleged victim called 911 to report that his mother had tried to strangle him.

The boy made the call from a neighbor's house, according to court documents.

The boy had a large red mark on the left side of his face and scratches on his neck, said an officer who responded to the scene.

A doctor at The Memorial Hospital's emergency room signed a statement that the boy had suffered "serious bodily injury," including a closed head injury caused by blows to the face and head.

According to police records, the suspect and her son had an argument after he refused to do some chores around the house. Police say the woman said she was attacked by her son.

The boy said his mother beat him, banged his head on the ground and choked him with her hands while she sat on top of him, according to court documents.

The boy described to police the way his mother's thumbs were on his neck and recalled her saying, "It's scary when you're about to die."

After a meeting with Moffat County Social Services, the boy and his siblings were turned over to their grandmother.

In a separate pending case, the woman faces charges of possession of a stolen credit card and theft by receiving.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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