Mother who threatened daughter harm urged to seek counseling

Mother who threatened harm to daughter was urged to seek counseling

YOUNGSTOWN — After threatening to drown her 7-month daughter, Jasmine Barnes of Alameda Avenue was supposed to call Turning Point, a mental health counseling facility, to be admitted for treatment but instead tried to reclaim the baby and ended up being charged with assault on a police officer.

Barnes, 23, was arraigned today in municipal court. Bond was set at $15,000 and a pretrial hearing for Jan. 24.

She was sprayed with pepper spray after coming at an officer with a balled up fist during a custody dispute Monday evening, police said. Her intention was to harm her mother, who refused to turn over the child, reports show.

On Sunday, Barnes told police she was sick of the child and wanted her gone or dead. Officers were told by the child’s grandmother that Barnes wanted to drown the baby girl in the bath tub.

Barnes told police Sunday that she has no job, time or money and it would be best for Mahoning County Children Services to take the child. The mother didn’t want the grandmother to care for the child, saying “I’ll have to look at her every day. I want her gone or dead,” police said.

Barnes was then taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for an evaluation, based on her thoughts of violence, and the child was left in the care of her grandmother. Barnes, after her release from St. Elizabeth’s on Monday, was instructed to call Turning Point.

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