- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Feb. 14 (UPI) — The mother caught on videotape hitting her young daughter in the parking lot of a department store Friday received a one-year suspended sentence and a year's probation.

Madelyne Toogood, 26, accepted a plea bargain to misdemeanor charges, which included a year probation and a $500 fine.

Toogood's case drew nationwide attention last September as the videotape from the parking lot of a Kohl's department store in Mishawaka was played repeatedly on newscasts. She was taped repeatedly hitting and shaking her then-4-year-old daughter, who was removed from Toogood's custody.

"I don't know if my life will ever be the same," Toogood complained, citing the media for "persecuting" her.

Toogood's daughter, Martha, now 5, is in the custody of her maternal grandmother. Toogood told Superior Judge William H. Albright she has already completed parenting and anger management classes as part of the conditions laid down for her to regain custody of her daughter.

Toogood's sister, Margaret Daley, pleaded guilty to a failing to report child abuse. She was sentenced to time served.


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