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Woman Accused of Kicking Pregnant Daughter

August 30, 2018

FITCHBURG -- A Lunenburg woman stands accused of kicking her pregnant daughter in the abdomen and biting her finger “to the point where it almost fell off and was bleeding,” according to court documents.

Anita Cato, 62, of 14 West Street Terrace, allegedly pushed her 34-year-old daughter to the ground at her home just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to a police report.

Police say Cato followed her daughter down to the basement, then pushed her again, this time into a pile of clothes.

Cato then “wrestled” her daughter onto a bed and bit her finger, causing it to nearly sever, according to the report.

Finally, Cato kicked her daughter “in the stomach knowing that (she) was pregnant,” the report states.

The report adds that in the course of the argument, the victim’s young son was hit in the face.

Asked by an officer what happened to his nose, the boy told police he was “protecting his mommy,” according to the report.

Cato was arraigned in District Court Monday on two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member and count of assault and battery on a pregnant woman with a dangerous weapon, according to court documents.

She was released after posting bail. A judge ordered she to stay away and have no contact with the alleged victim, according to court documents.

Cato is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 18.

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