- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 21, 2002

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A woman wanted in the videotaped beating of her 4-year-old daughter outside a department store will turn herself in to authorities in Chicago, a lawyer said last night.

Texas lawyer Stephen Rosen, who said he represents Madelyne Gorman Toogood, held a news conference in Chicago several hours after he contacted police who have been searching for the woman and her daughter.

"It was a bad choice, and it was captured on 'Candid Camera," said Mr. Rosen. "Shes very remorseful. She regrets it."

Police in Mishawaka, about 60 miles east of Chicago, said they had been in contact with Mr. Rosen by telephone, but had no specific information about when or where Mrs. Toogood might turn herself in.

Authorities feared the girl, Martha Toogood, might have been seriously injured when she was beaten and shaken outside a Kohls store in Mishawaka on Sept. 13.

Mr. Rosen said Mrs. Toogoods extended family members and friends told him the child was fine, but police said they wanted the girl to get medical attention.

"We want to get her to an emergency room and let them examine her," Chief Anthony A. Hazen said hours before Mr. Rosens news conference. "Thats our biggest concern right now."

An arrest warrant issued yesterday charged the mother with battery to a child.

The video showed the woman placing her daughter onto the back seat of a sport utility vehicle in the stores parking lot, then pummeling, slapping and shaking the girl.

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