Westwood mother charged with attacking daughter, 9, with electric hedge clippers

A Westwood woman was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly attempting to kill her 9-year-old daughter with electric hedge clippers, police said.

Maureen Mullin, 39, is charged with attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a child with injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Westwood police said. The child’s father was able to stop the attack, according to police.

Police said they received a domestic disturbance call to the family’s Pond Street home at 4:50 a.m. and discovered the mother and daughter with serious injuries. Police and Westwood Fire officials treated the pair, and Mullin and the girl were taken to undisclosed hospitals.

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“The injuries were serious but very luckily are non-life-threatening,” Police Chief Jeffrey Silva said.

Silva said the crime seems shocking because violent crime historically has not been a problem in Westwood, but warned that domestic violence is immune to geography.

“Wherever there’s a living room, domestic violence can happen in it,” he said.

Another young child from the family was present during the attack but neither the second child nor the father were harmed.

Mullin was arraigned in her hospital bed on Monday, and prosecutors asked that she be held for dangerousness, said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office. A dangerousness hearing will be held Monday, according to Silva.

It was not immediately clear whether a plea had been entered on behalf of the defendant. No additional details were immediately available.