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August 24, 2013

Judge won’t release teen in stabbing of Salem officer

SALEM — The teenage girl who is charged with stabbing a Salem police detective in the eye with an eyeliner pencil in May will remain in custody, a Salem Superior Court judge has ruled.

During a hearing Thursday, Judge Timothy Feeley expressed concern about protecting the safety of others if he released the 15-year-old, who has been indicted on assault and battery charges as a youthful offender.

Feeley noted the girl’s history of disobeying parents and other authority figures in denying a request by her attorney to release her on a monitoring bracelet.

The charges stem from an incident on May 8 outside the Salem police station, where the girl and a friend were being taken into custody on Juvenile Court warrants. The girl allegedly swung at Detective Peter Baglioni, twice toward his chest, and then the final time at his eye.

The pencil went under his eye and into his eyeball, nearly hitting a nerve. He has since made a full recovery, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A grand jury indicted the girl last month as a youthful offender, exposing her to potential adult penalties if convicted. The move also makes court proceedings public in the case, but The Salem News is electing not to publish her name because of her age.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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