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Friday, March 07, 2014

Harford County Great-grandmother Locked Up

BEL AIR, Md. —A Harford County judge ordered an 81-year-old great-grandmother to be held without bail in a case involving the woman's dogs and a missed court date.

Judge Mimi Cooper issued a bench warrant after Mary Root, 81, of Havre de Grace, failed to appear in court after a Feb. 12 hearing.

Root's family said she had medical reasons for not showing up to court. She was arrested Tuesday at her home and was held without bond. She had a bail review hearing Wednesday.

"I was so saddened by this. My mother's 81 years old, has helped anybody and everybody and loves her animals. I don't see where there's a crime in that," said Vatina Gifford, Root's daughter.



Anonymous said...

I am sure there are plenty of great grandmothers in jail, this family is just trying to make it a big pity party. Bet there is a lot more to this story.

Anonymous said...

Why should she be treated differently from anyone else just because she looks like a nice old lady? Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. If you have medical reasons for not being able to come to court you need to let them know ahead of time so they can accommodate you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah lock up the real criminals while thugs get turned loose

Anonymous said...

I knew you guys would try to make Ma Barker out of this nice lady.

Anonymous said...

She should be locked up for the violation. She is no different from anyone young or old in jail for a violation of court order.

Anonymous said...

Time for a tazering!

Anonymous said...

Although she is the first woman to sit on the bench in Harford County, Cooper downplays that: "I hope people pay more attention to the fact that I am fair and compassionate," Cooper said.
~from the Baltimore Sun article about her appointment.