- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man charged with terrorizing a family with a toddler with his aggressive panhandling has been held on $500 bail, but instead of being sent to jail, he was sent for a mental health evaluation and treatment.

The Republican newspaper (https://bit.ly/1TG8yZa ) reports that Tykwia Lee pleaded not guilty Wednesday to carjacking.

Prosecutors say the 46-year-old Lee asked a man for money as he entered a pizza shop last month. He then allegedly accosted the man on the way out, banged on the man’s vehicle’s windows and tried to force his way inside, where the man’s wife and 2-year-old child waited.

Prosecutors asked for $10,000 bail.

But Lee’s attorney said her client is mentally ill and “like a child” and it would be “inhuman” to put him in jail.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/


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