Family of woman accused of scalding girl asks that charges be dismissed so she can get mental help


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ST. CROIX - Assault charges against a 67-year-old grandmother were dismissed Wednesday in V.I. Superior Court after an agreement between prosecutors and her family that arrangements have been made for the woman to seek psychiatric evaluation and treatment at a Puerto Rico facility.

Gregoria Davis, stood timidly before V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady for what was scheduled to be her arraignment hearing on charges of second-degree assault and child abuse, both as acts of domestic violence.

Those charges stem from a July 27 incident in which police said she threw a cup of boiling coffee on a 16-year-old girl, causing severe damage to the girl's face and chest that required urgent medical attention and hospitalization.

Assistant Attorney General Esther Walters confirmed that a statement of no prosecution had been filed and that no formal charges would be filed against Davis in the case.

Davis, who was aided by an English-to-Spanish interpreter, was free to go, her bail was exonerated and all conditions of restraint against her were vacated.

According to the police report, the girl's mother reported that they all were sitting outside the house when Davis said she was going back into the house to heat up her coffee.

The mother said Davis went into the house and then returned to where the mother and daughter were sitting and threw some of the boiling coffee at the girl, then tried to throw the rest on her, according to the report.

She said Davis then ran from the home, and the mother called police.

The girl was taken to Luis Hospital, where she was treated for first- and second-degree burns on her face and chest, and a plastic surgeon was called in to evaluate the extent of the injuries caused by the burns and consider repair surgery.

Davis was found near the home and also was taken to Luis Hospital, where she was treated for scratches to her face and for an existing psychological problem. She reported hearing voices on occasion, and doctors said that while she had some pre-existing psychological problems, she was not suicidal or homicidal.

Davis was accompanied by family members when she appeared in court Wednesday, and they have agreed to ensure she receives the psychological treatment that she needs at the off-island facility.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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