Mom accused in fight with teen still not getting medical treatment

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comApril 4, 2014 

Angelia Spafford

COREY PRIDE — Los Banos Enterprise Buy Photo

Angelia Spafford, who is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, continues not to receive proper medical attention in jail despite a judge’s order that she be seen by a doctor.

During a pre-preliminary hearing Wednesday, Deputy Public Defender Derek Meyer told Judge Harry Jacobs that Spafford has various medical and dental ailments. Meyer did not disclose the ailments, but Jacobs directed jail staff to allow her to be seen by a physician and that he receive written proof that Spafford is getting treated.

Judge Frank Dougherty, who filled in when Jacobs was on vacation last week, also had ordered that Spafford get medical treatment. She has been in custody in the John Latorraca Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail since March 4.

Spafford, 35, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing next week at the Robert M. Falasco Justice Center in Los Banos. A preliminary hearing sets the stage for any potential trial.

Spafford is accused of getting involved in a fight between her 14-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old at Pacheco High School before class on March 4.

According to police, the fight took place between the school gymnasium and the pool. The mother drove to the area in a Ford Fusion to drop her daughter off at school. The daughter saw the 15-year-old and began arguing with her from inside the car, police said. The girl exited the car, police said, approached the 15-year-old and began fighting with her in front of several other students. Police said the mother stepped out of the car and joined the fight, allegedly kicking the victim in the head at least once. The mother and daughter then drove off, police said.

Spafford, who is also charged with resisting arrest, and her daughter were arrested at their residence in the 500 block of Cabernet Street. The daughter is no longer in custody.

Katie Gates, deputy district attorney, said she has not offered a plea bargain.

“I want to hear what the witnesses have to say,” Gates said.

She said she plans to call witnesses to testify about the incident at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing.

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