Superior Court

Alna woman charged with assault on child

Woman, 33, claims it was an accident
Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:00pm

    An Alna woman has been charged with felony domestic violence assault after she allegedly struck a four-year-old child with a toy train.

    Cashel Fanslau, 33, of Alna, was charged with Class C assault of a child under six years of age. Class C crimes are felonies, and are punishable by up to 5 years in prison or up to a $10,000 fine. Fanslau has reportedly said the incident was an accident.

    Fanslau was arrested Oct. 3 after an incident that happened earlier in the day. At approximately 2 p.m. Oct. 3, Detective Scott Hayden of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office went to Alna after Fanslau's husband allegedly reported that Fanslau had struck their child with a toy.

    Hayden reported that the child had a fat lip and a bloody cut, and the child reportedly indicated to Hayden that Fanslau had thrown a Thomas the Train toy, which struck the child, allegedly.

    Hayden reported that Fanslau admitted to throwing the toy, but said it accidentally struck the child.

    The two parents then reportedly fought over the incident, with Fanslau grabbing a knife at one point, according to Hayden's report.

    Fanslau's husband was able to wrestle the knife away from her and drag her outside. Fanslau was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital, and was arrested shortly thereafter.

    Fanslau was held on $500 cash bond, and has been ordered not to have unsupervised contact with the child.

    She has an appearance scheduled at Lincoln County Superior Court for Nov. 26.