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Westwood mother allegedly attacked girl, 9

Hedge clippers used, police say

A Westwood woman was arrested early Monday morning on accusations of attempting to kill her 9-year-old daughter with electric hedge clippers, police said.

Maureen Mullin, 39, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a child with injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Westwood police said. The child’s father stopped the attack, according to police.

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Police said they received a domestic disturbance call to the family’s Pond Street home at 4:50 a.m. and found the mother and daughter with serious injuries. Police and Westwood firefighters treated the pair, and Mullin and the girl were taken to undisclosed hospitals.

“The injuries were serious, but very luckily are non-life-threatening,” Police Chief Jeffrey Silva said.

Another young child from the family was present during the attack, but neither the second child nor the father were harmed.

Mullin was arraigned in her hospital bed Monday, and prosecutors asked that she be held for dangerousness, said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office.

A dangerousness hearing will be held Monday, according to Silva.

It was not immediately clear whether a plea had been entered on behalf of the defendant.

No additional details were immediately available.

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at nicholas.jacques@
globe.com.

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