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February 3, 2012

Mom denies hitting girl on bus

SALEM — A Salem mother today denied hitting a kindergarten student, saying she simply held her face to get the girl’s attention while demanding that she not hit her son.

Dominique Hans, 38, of 8 Heritage Drive, pleaded not guilty in Salem District Court to charges of assault and battery and being disorderly, stemming from an incident on board a school bus on Proctor Street Thursday.

Police and prosecutors say Hans marched on board the bus, ignoring a driver’s request to stop, and asked her 6-year-old son to point out a child he said had hit him earlier this week.

“I didn’t hit that little girl,” said Hans.

Hans told reporters outside court that she was upset after she said school officials failed to respond to her complaint about the earlier incident involving her son.

“I understand her position,” Hans said of the mother of the little girl. “I trespassed. I felt I needed to protect my son, which (the driver) did not do for him.”

Hans remains free on $1,000  cash bail posted last night at the Salem policestation. Judge Robert Brennan ordered her to have no unsupervised contact with children under 12 except for her own, to stay away from the girl’s school bus stop, the girl and her family, and to follow any orders issued by the Department of Children and Families while the case is pending.

She is due back in court on March 15.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s Salem News.

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