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SEPTEMBER 28, 07:42 ET

Beating Video Mom Faces New Charge
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AP/Joe Raymond
Madelyn Gorman Toogood, talks to a reporter following her television interview Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in South Bend, Ind. Toogood, who is accused of hitting her 4-year-old daughter in a beating caught on videotape, was charged Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, with giving police false addresses after her surrender. Prosecutors expected she would turn herself in a second time, this time on a warrant charging her with false informing, a misdemeanor.

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) A woman accused of hitting her 4-year-old daughter in a beating caught on videotape was charged Friday with giving police false addresses after her surrender.

Prosecutors expected Madelyne Gorman Toogood to turn herself in a second time, this time on a warrant charging her with false informing, a misdemeanor.

Toogood, 25, was released on $5,000 bond earlier this week. She had turned herself in and pleaded innocent to felony battery of a child in the Sept. 13 incident in a department store parking lot, which was caught on a surveillance camera and televised nationally.

Toogood's attorney, Steve Rosen, did not immediately return telephone messages left Friday.

Authorities say Toogood gave them addresses for commercial mailbox businesses in Mishawaka, Elkhart and Fort Worth, Texas.

Toogood has said she and her husband belong to the nomadic group Irish Travelers, but have been living in Mishawaka for about six months.

Bond on the new charge was set at $2,000. A conviction is punishable by a maximum six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.


AP/Ted S. Warren
Madelyne Gorman Toogood, left, talks with reporters about her daughter, Martha, outside a motel in Tinley Park, Ill., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002.

Toogood is seeking to have her daughter, who was placed in a foster home, stay with relatives while she tries to regain permanent custody. Toogood also has two young sons who remained in her custody.

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