SALEM — A Salem Superior Court judge is mulling whether to release a 15-year-old girl charged with stabbing a Salem police officer in the eye with an eyeliner pencil last May.
The teenager, who was indicted by a grand jury last month as a youthful offender, is facing charges that include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer following the May 8 incident outside the Salem Police Department.
The girl allegedly used the eyeliner pencil to stab veteran Salem police Detective Peter Baglioni underneath the eye, prosecutors allege. The pencil traveled into Baglioni’s eye, grazing a nerve. The officer has since recovered fully.
The girl and her attorney, Mona Ingram, appeared yesterday in Salem Superior Court to seek her release on bail while the case is pending.
The Salem News is not publishing her name because of her age, though court proceedings in the case have become public as a result of the indictment.
The indictment as a youthful offender exposes the girl to the potential of adult penalties if she is found guilty or delinquent in the case.
New details of the incident emerged during yesterday’s hearing before Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley. She is currently being held without bail after Juvenile Court Judge Amy Nechtem determined that the girl poses a danger if released.
The girl has been in custody since her arrest, at a Department of Youth Services facility.
Prosecutor Alex Grimes yesterday urged Feeley to maintain that status, pointing to the particularly violent assault on the officer, the girl’s long history of running away, and concerns for the girl’s own safety. Grimes said in court that the girl’s mental health issues have led her to engage in behavior that he characterized as “self-harming.”