Charges dropped for mother accused of assaulting daughter’s attackers
By 07/31/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
HUTCHINS - A Hutchins mother was elated and 'praising Jesus,' after assault charges were dropped against her Tuesday.
Mary Ross said the charge was brought against her friviously on April 29, because she had tried to protect her daughter from seven boys who attacked the young girl on their front porch.
'They flipped (my daughter) out of her chair and I heard her scream,' said Ross.
Ross said she rushed to her daughter's aid and the boys turned on her, stabbing her and trying to drag her to the street.
Hospital records show Ross was treated at the Methodist Hospital Emergency Room for 'pain to the right knee and right chest after assault.'
Patient reports stated she was attacked with a razor blade to the right anterior chest while a gun was held over her.
One of the boys, Danny Hunt, accused Ross of 'grabbing his shirt' and filed assault charges.
Hutchins Officer Gary McClain said he wrote citations both for Hunt and for Ross.
Assistant Hutchins Attorney Saul Pedregon said Hunt and Ross had a cross complaint, with each having a charge against the other.
'It was dismissed at the mutual consent of both complaints,' said Pedregon.
It is common for 'cross complaint' charges to be dropped, according to Pedregon.
Pedregon works for the Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager and Smith law firm based in Dallas.
Ross said the incident was a one of many occuring since May 2001, after 'the rape of my daughter.'
She said the same group of young men forced their way into the Ross home when the girl was alone.
The daughter said she was so scared of what happened, she did not tell her mother about the assault until five days later.
She said she felt it had been her fault.
Court records show one of the assailants was no-billed during a grand jury case for the rape charges on Aug. 28, 2001 in Dallas County.
Ross believes her family is now being targeted after she tried to bring her daughter's assailants to justice.
Despite repeated attempts, Hunt could not be reached for comment.