Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Robbing, Incapacitating, Exploitating, Slashing, Revenge On Our Elders

Woman charged in attack on grandmother

OROVILLE -By TERRY VAU DELL - Originally posted on March 16, 2007
A Red Bluff woman was charged Thursday with attempted premeditated murder, stemming from an alleged unprovoked knife attack on her aged grandmother during a quiet family gathering in Chico earlier in the week.

Yvette Hanson, 40, did not enter a plea to the charges, which could carry a life term in prison upon conviction.

She is accused of using a kitchen knife to slash the throat of her grandmother, Pauline Tull, 85, in front of several startled relatives inside the victim's mobile home at Casa De Flores on East Lassen Avenue Monday night.

The victim required 14 stitches to close the wound to her neck and also incurred cuts to one finger when she tried to ward off the attack. Deputy district attorney Kelly Maloy, who filed the charges Thursday against the victim's granddaughter, said Hanson gave strongly incriminating statements to police and blamed the assault on a desire for "revenge for something she feels that happened in her childhood."

During a gathering involving four generations of the same family at Tull's mobile home about 11:30 p.m. Monday night, relatives said Hanson's mood seemed to change after she returned from smoking a cigarette outside.

After a few minutes, the Red Bluff woman reportedly got up and closed the drapes. She retrieved a knife from a kitchen counter and after walking behind her grandmother's chair, pulled the victim's hair back and slashed at her throat with a downward motion.

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"Parents are sitting ducks. They can't imagine that their children would want to do them any harm . It seems incredible that they should allow greed(hate) to override their natural affection....Maybe they just resent having been born." Alexander Chancellor

"The way that society doesn't value these people is reflected in how we have been investigating and prosecuting these cases," said Deputy Prosecutor Page Ulrey.

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