Woman allegedly shoots at building thinking her daughter is inside

Published 11:15 am Thursday, March 29, 2012


LEROY — A LeRoy woman was charged with two felonies in Mower County District Court after she allegedly shot at a vacant building because she thought her daughter was in it.

Marina Cathlina Young, 35, faces one count of drive-by shooting at a building and one count of reckless discharge of firearms within a municipality.

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According to the court complaint, police dispatched to LeRoy for a report of a runaway child at about 9 a.m. March 16. Young told officers she had not seen her child since 4 p.m. the previous day and that her child could be hiding in a vacant building.

Officers later spoke with a man who had been working on top of a grain bin who said he saw a woman fire three to four shots at a nearby building at about 7:15 a.m., according to the court complaint. The man then allegedly saw the woman, later identified as Young, walk closer and shoot the lock on the building door.

According to the witness, Young said, “If you’re in there, you’re dead.”

The complaint also states the man watched Young return the gun to her car and then enter the building with two of her other children. The officer later spoke with Young at her home, which is near the vacant building.

According to the complaint, Young told the officer she believed her daughter was “dead or frozen” inside the building, so she fired shots at the door using a .22 caliber rifle and used a sledgehammer to break inside.

The child was later found unharmed and returned to school that day.

Young was arrested and has since been released on $5,000 bail with conditions. Her next court appearance is set for March 29. If convicted, Young could face three years in jail and a $6,000 fine.