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KC mother accused of attacking kindergarten teacher now faces more serious charge

Updated: 2013-10-23T05:32:59Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City prosecutors this week dismissed an assault citation against a mother who allegedly beat up her child’s kindergarten teacher. Jackson County prosecutors are taking over the case.

County prosecutors charged Simone C. Baker, 25, with third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, on Monday in connection with the Sept. 5 attack at Truman Elementary School in the Hickman Mills district. As of early Tuesday afternoon, police had not been able to find her to arrest her on the new charge.

The new charge includes a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Baker faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The city ordinance violation that was dropped carried half those penalties — up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.

According to police and court records:

Baker was upset with the 49-year-old teacher because her 6-year-old son had come home with a scratch on his neck that he said came from the teacher, who had disciplined him that day.

Baker called the school at 9601 James A. Reed Road, which has an after-school program, and angrily told the principal that she was on her way there. The principal told her not to come, but the mother said she already was around the corner and planned on entering the school.

The principal intercepted the mother at the front door about 6 p.m. and told her that they would set up a meeting to discuss the discipline incident involving her son. But the mother bolted down the hallway at a full sprint toward her son’s classroom.

His teacher was on the phone talking to another parent when the mother came in and said, “You better not touch my kid again.”

She ran behind the desk where the teacher was seated and hit her five to 10 times in the face while holding the teacher’s arm to her side, according to the police report. She then allegedly grabbed the teacher by her hair, pulled her out of her chair and slammed her head against a file cabinet twice before running out of the classroom and leaving the building.

The principal had gathered other staff members and followed the mother to the classroom, arriving about 30 seconds after the mother. The assault already was over. There were no students in the classroom at the time.

The teacher suffered redness and bruising to her face. Police officers went to the mother’s house but could not find her. Officers issued her a city ticket for assault with a court date Tuesday. But on Monday, city prosecutors dismissed the citation.

The boy told police and school administrators the day after the attack that the teacher had not hurt him.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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