Daily Blotter – Nov. 26

A roundup of all things criminal in CT

Mother-Daughter Tag Team

A Middletown mom has been charged with allegedly helping her daughter beat up another girl at Middletown High School.  Cassandra Cooper, 38, is accused of holding the student down while her daughter beat the girl up.  Cooper is charged with risk of injury to a minor, unlawful restraint, threatening, trespassing and conspiracy to commit assault. 

The girl who was attacked has a black eye and had other bruises and scratches, according to her parents.  The incident Friday began when Cooper arrived at the school to speak with administrators about an ongoing problem between the victim and her daughter.  Police say Cooper and her daughter spotted the other girl and followed her down the hall to a stairwell, where the incident allegedly took place.  Read More Here.

Woman Kicks Kid, Cop With Casted Foot

A New Britain woman wearing a cast on her foot has been charged with assault for allegedly kicking a child.  Kristen Belanger, 32, faces charges for kicking the child, then allegedly kicking officers who went to investigate, according to police.  Police found the woman hiding under a bed after they responded to a neighbor's call about the assault of a child. 

Police say that when they pulled Belanger out from under the bed, she kicked a sergeant and some officers.  Belanger is facing several charges including assault, disorderly conduct, risk of injury to a child and interfering with police.

Woman Walks From Major League Crime

A Monroe woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Monroe Babe Ruth League has been given a suspended prison sentence.  Lisa Vaughn, 43, had been accused of stealing more than $17,000 while serving as treasurer of the youth baseball league.  The prosecutor says there's no objection to the suspended term, because Vaughn had made restitution of the money she had been accused of stealing. 

Police say Vaughn had gotten an ATM card that drew on the league's bank account and had been withdrawing money to pay personal expenses.  She was sentenced Tuesday to a suspended five year term with three years probation.

Mysterious Death Investigation

East Hartford Police are looking for a man wanted for questioning in a woman's death. They want to talk with 43-year-old Roberto Perez. Investigators say he lived with a woman who was found dead Monday night. The 56-year-old woman, whose named has not been released, was found unresponsive in a McKee Street home. Police are not describing the death as suspicious. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

IndyMac Fraud To Be Sentenced

An Easton man will be sentenced in February on a federal charge of bank fraud involving a mortgage fraud case. 52-year-old Fred Stevens pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a scheme to defraud IndyMac Bank and other federally insured financial institutions. The charge stems from when Stevens was a mortgage broker in Westport from April 2006 to September 2007.

According to court documents, Stevens submitted fraudulent mortgage applications with IndyMac Bank and other financial institutions to secure mortgages for certain clients. Federal officials say the scheme involved losses of well over $1 million.

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