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8/2/2010 6:00:00 AM
Woman accused of abuse
Danielle Dykins
Danielle Dykins

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - An all-night argument between a couple led to a mother being jailed after she allegedly injured her baby while trying to attack her boyfriend.

Danielle Marie Dykins, 23, of Kingman is charged with felony aggravated assault and child abuse, as well as misdemeanor assault per domestic violence and criminal damage per domestic violence, in connection with an incident that took place in the 300 block of S. Magma Road in Golden Valley Tuesday morning.

Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said Dykins and her 32-year-old boyfriend had been arguing off and on throughout the night when the dispute escalated to violence around 6 a.m.

Dykins was reportedly chasing her boyfriend down the hall while holding her 7-month-old baby when she slammed the baby's head into the wall.

"She was so involved in this domestic violence she may not have even been aware she banged the baby's head on the wall," Carter said.

The act was witnessed by the boyfriend's sister, who also lives in the home. The baby's injuries were so severe that after the domestic violence incident was reported, the baby was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center and was later transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital with internal bleeding in her head.

The baby has since been released from the hospital.

Authorities found out about the incident after Dykins and the boyfriend's sister got a flat tire at 5th Street and Andy Devine Avenue while driving to Dykins' mother's home immediately following the argument. Dykins reported the incident to deputies, but it was later determined that she had acted as the aggressor. Red marks were also observed about 2 inches behind the baby's ear.

Dykins is also charged with using a pocketknife to stab her boyfriend in his hand and using the same knife to puncture the tires on a vehicle that belonged to the boyfriend's father.

Dykins said she got the injuries as pictured in her mug shot from her boyfriend slamming her face into the kitchen counter, but several witnesses denied that version of events and said the injuries were self-inflicted.

Her bond is set at $10,000.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010
Article comment by: V DEMPSEY

Guys-you are all so wrong. She isn't a tweaker! She just happened to be holding the baby when all this was going on jeez. Let's get her some help because she is clearly involved in a violent relationship.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010
Article comment by: Tired Of Waste

@ Jennifer...
You hit the nail on the head. While there are those who would do almost anything to be able to have children these tweakers reproduce like rabbits. It's disgusting and I'd like to donate to the "Sterilize A Tweaker" fund! :-)

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010
Article comment by: Give me a break smith

Do you really belive she did that herself? And by the way,With the fight going on all night long.Did the aunt ever think about leaving and taking baby with her?Or better yet calling 911.Maybe this could of had different ending.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010
Article comment by: Jennifer Wessels

Can we say tweaker? Is there some kind of program in Mohave County that we can provide to stop these idiots from reproducing? I would like to donate. Hopefully this child gets put into proper care where she is no longer in danger.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010
Article comment by: V DEMPSEY

yeah, those injuries are sooo self inflicted. B.S.

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