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Charges dropped against Leigh County mother accused of attacking and threatening daughter who refused abortion

by | Oct 23, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment were officially dropped yesterday against 37-year-old Magdalena Mateia-Bitlan, reports Sarah Cassi of the Express Times. Last month prosecutors said charges would be dismissed if Mateia-Bitlan successfully completed family counseling.

The charge stem from a violent altercation that was reported to have taken place June 11 at the family home in Pennsylvania. According to court records, the mother asked Alexandra Otili Achim if the teen had gotten an abortion yet, and the girl said she was not getting an abortion.

According to Cassi, Mateia-Bitlan told her daughter to leave, so Achim went upstairs to gather her belongings. Cassi writes

“Mateia-Bitlan followed Achim to a bedroom, where she pushed and twice punched the teen’s belly, records say.

“Achim laid face down on the bed to protect her belly, records say. Mateia-Bitlan hit and scratched the victim’s back while yelling that she hates her, wishes she and her baby were dead and that she’d kill them both, records say.

“The victim managed to get away from her mother, grab her things and get out of the house, records say. Mateia-Bitlan threw objects at her daughter as she departed, records say.”

Achim reported the attack to Pennsylvania State Police and told them she was intimidated by her mother. “She had red scratch marks near her shoulder blade and complained of back pain, records say,” Cassi writes.

At a hearing in September before District Judge Michael J. Faulkner, defense attorney Angelo Almonti and Lehigh County Deputy District Attorney Juliet Dowling worked out an arrangement in which all charges would be dropped if Mateia-Bitlan’ completed a once-a-week counseling sessions through Valley Youth House. The understanding was, according to the newspaper, that Dowling would be sure the sessions were productive by checking in with the family’s therapist.

“The bottom line is don’t waste your opportunity. Make sure you get it done,” Judge Faulkner said last month, according to the Express Times. “Mateia-Bitlan nodded and said ‘yes’ several times in response.”

“The victim has reconciled with her parents, who are committed to getting their family back on track and looking forward to the birth of their grandchild,” Almonti said, adding that “the baby’s father has begun working with the victim’s father.”

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