Toronto Sun

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Woman sought in beating to turn self in

Toronto Sun

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- A woman wanted in the videotaped beating of her 4-year-old daughter outside an Indiana department store will turn herself in to authorities in Chicago, a lawyer said last night.

Texas lawyer Stephen Rosen, who said he represents Madelyne Gorman Toogood, held a news conference in Chicago several hours after he contacted police who have been searching for the woman and her daughter.

"It was a bad choice and it was captured on Candid Camera," Rosen said. "She's very remorseful. She regrets it."

Police in Mishawaka said they had been in contact with Rosen by phone but had no information about when or where Toogood might turn herself in.

Authorities feared the girl, Martha Toogood, might have been seriously injured when she was beaten and shaken outside a Kohl's store on Sept. 13.

Rosen said Toogood's extended family and friends told him the child is fine, but police said they want the girl to have medical attention.

An arrest warrant issued yesterday charged the mother with battery to a child.

The video showed the woman placing her daughter on the back seat of a sport utility vehicle in the store's parking lot, then pummelling, slapping and shaking the girl for several seconds.

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