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Sykesville Woman Faces Charges For Refusing To Bring Juvenile To Interview


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Police: Sykesville Woman Faces Charges for Refusing to Bring Juvenile for Child Advocacy Center Interview

May 30, 2021 12:30 am·
Author: Aly Delp
 

shutterstock_608376650-cuffs-3.jpgSYKESVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Charges have been filed against a Sykesville woman who reportedly refused to bring a juvenile in for an interview at the Child Advocacy Center in relation to a suspected child abuse case.

Court documents indicate the Sykesville Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 57-year-old Anna K Shimmel.

According to a criminal complaint, in April, Sykesville Borough Police contacted Anna Shimmel about bringing a known juvenile to a Child Advocacy Center for a forensic interview, but Shimmel reportedly refused.

After speaking with the District Attorney’s Office, police were advised to inform Shimmel that if she did not bring the juvenile for an interview, charges of intimidation, retaliation, or obstruction in a child abuse case and endangering the welfare of children charges could be filed against her.

Police then spoke to Shimmel again on April 29 and informed her of the situation, and she stated she would need to contact her attorney and get back to them.

According to the complaint, police then contacted Shimmel again on May 11, and Shimmel told them she had decided not to bring the juvenile for the interview, knowing that she would face charges for the refusal.

Shimmel was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, on the following charges:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– Obstruction, Misdemeanor 2

She remains free on $20,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on June 22 with Judge Inzana presiding.                                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/police-sykesville-woman-faces-charges-for-refusing-to-bring-juvenile-for-child-advocacy-center-interview/

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This is a hard one to swallow. You would think as the parent you have the right to who your child talks to or not but in this situation they want to help the child if he/she is being abused so if you refuse they charge you with whatever they can think of to get their way which I don't agree with. I hope the child is ok in this situation.  But if the mother knew this is b.s and then maybe thats why she refused but she should of appeased them with her attorney and let them talk and make fools out of themselves. Then open a claim against them.

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Perhaps this grandmother rescued her grandbabies a few years ago from their mother and her abusive boyfriend.....and now the advocacy center wants this grandmother to let them interview the child who was almost beaten to death about the situation. Perhaps these children are on their way to recovering and shame on the center for wanting to open these wounds again. Shame on the Advocacy Center, Shame on the police and Shame on the newspaper for this article making people think she is harming that child!!!!! 

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8 hours ago, katie77 said:

Perhaps this grandmother rescued her grandbabies a few years ago from their mother and her abusive boyfriend.....and now the advocacy center wants this grandmother to let them interview the child who was almost beaten to death about the situation. Perhaps these children are on their way to recovering and shame on the center for wanting to open these wounds again. Shame on the Advocacy Center, Shame on the police and Shame on the newspaper for this article making people think she is harming that child!!!!! 

I completely get your anger and the trauma interviewing the child now could cause.  Just wanted to point out its not the advocacy center pushing for the interview.   The CAC is only acting at the direction of the police and/or district attorney.  CACs have no power to conduct an interview without direction from law enforcement and/or the DA. 

The CAC will do their very best to minimize additional trauma to the child. They truly are an advocacy center.  

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9 hours ago, katie77 said:

Perhaps this grandmother rescued her grandbabies a few years ago from their mother and her abusive boyfriend.....and now the advocacy center wants this grandmother to let them interview the child who was almost beaten to death about the situation. Perhaps these children are on their way to recovering and shame on the center for wanting to open these wounds again. Shame on the Advocacy Center, Shame on the police and Shame on the newspaper for this article making people think she is harming that child!!!!! 

I get the anger, but at the same time they need the interview to build a case to punish those that hurt the child.  The goal is not to traumatize a child but to punish someone who hurt the child.  Honestly if it were my child or grandchild I'd want the people punished and for them to be a part of it.  It seems traumatic and often is. At the same time it is also healing.

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