Sentenced woman disrupts courtroom

La Plata, MD - A 21-year-old woman learned the hard way that sending text messages via Facebook can land you some pretty hot water in a court case.
It may have been those text messages that swayed the judge in a case where both the defendant and the victim claimed to be victimized.

In one sense, perhaps both were, as a man who fathered children with both of them lived with first one, then the other, creating a whirlwind of events that culminated back in March, when Daborah Renee Wyatt kicked the victim—who was eight months pregnant at the time—in the stomach.

Wyatt claimed to the court her action was in self-defense when the victim rushed at her. But she also ignored a peace order in the ensuing months not to have any contact with the victim.

According to court documents, the incident is alleged to have taken place March 11.

As a result, Charles County Circuit Court Judge James H. West sentenced Wyatt to six days in the Charles County Detention Center with five years of supervised probation after she pled guilty to an amended count of fourth-degree burglary. West offered Wyatt another option, saying she could do 100 days with no probation.

The defendant wasn’t prepared for either option. She lost her composure before the court, crying and screaming. Two female courthouse correctional officers tried to remove the woman from the courtroom and she resisted, screaming, “It’s not fair! How am I going to take care of my baby?”

She was eventually removed from the courtroom and could still be heard screaming in the hallway as court resumed.

Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Francis Granados initially told the court, before Wyatt’s outburst, “She [Wyatt] comes down to the victim’s home, kicks in the door and says, ‘I’m gonna kill that bitch and her baby.”
Granados said when police arrived they found Wyatt’s boot print on the victim’s belly.

“The state feels jail time is appropriate,” Granados said. “The court tells her to have no contact with the victim, she continues to follow up with Facebook texts to the victim.”

Granados showed the missives to the judge.

Public defender Chris Stuart painted a different picture of the defendant, claiming the door was opened before Wyatt allegedly “kicked it in” and that “her arm broke the threshold. She was never inside. My client kicked at the victim after the woman charged her. She went there for a discussion, or maybe an argument, but not to fight. Her actions were in self-defense.”

Stuart said the father of the defendant’s child was more at fault, because he caused the situation and bailed out when things got tense.

“He was unavailable as always,” Stuart said.

Wyatt’s sister Dominique said her sister had never been in trouble before.

“She’s a good person, a wonderful, sweet person,” she said.

“I am not exactly sure what happened here,” West said. “It seems to me this gentleman is playing two different women at the same time, creating a very dangerous situation.”

“I know the state has a bone to pick,” Stuart asserted.

“A bone to pick?” Granados retorted. “She broke into the woman’s house and kicked her in the stomach!”

Wyatt said she didn’t even know about the victim until the woman called her “at my house from my own cell phone.”

She said she knew something was up because he took all of his property and left after living with her for several months. Wyatt also claimed the victim took a hammer to the cell phone once she discovered her man had been with another woman.

“I went over there with a lot of pills, because I was going to kill myself,” she told the court. “It was never to attack him or her.”

She said the victim rushed at her as if to strike her and she kicked at her, but the boyfriend jumped between them.

“I didn’t know my foot had hit her,” she said.

“She didn’t go there to get in a fight, she followed him to talk to him about what was going on,” Stuart said.

“She went there with pills in hand,” West said.

“Your honor, it was just Tylenol,” Stuart said.

“It could be why she wasn’t concerned about the cab ride back, because it was going to be a one-way trip,” the judge noted.

Calling it “a very difficult case for a number of reasons,” West imposed a sentence of six days in jail, followed by five years of supervised probation and a mental health evaluation. The victim was then dragged from the court room by two female officers after she refused to leave willingly.

The situation left Stuart in a bit of a quandary, as he had a pending case in district court, but he headed out to console her as the judge told him, “It may take a little longer than you expect.”

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