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Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Attempting to Murder Her Mother With Hammer

Cindy Lynn Burleigh. Photo provided by Newark Police Nixle Alert
Cindy Lynn Burleigh. Photo provided by Newark Police Nixle Alert
By Bay City News—

A 57-year-old San Mateo woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges for allegedly attacking her mother with a hammer early Sunday morning, police said.
 
Newark police said a woman called them just before 8:30 a.m. Sunday to report that she had assaulted her mother inside a residence at 7155 Mayhews Landing Road.
 
Police said that when officers arrived at the house, Cindy Lynn Burleigh admitted to them that she had attacked her mother with a hammer. Officers then found Burleigh's 75-year-old mother bleeding from her head.

She was immediately transported to a trauma center to be treated for multiple skull fractures and is currently is in critical condition, according to police. Newark police said that in addition to attempted murder, Burleigh has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and elder abuse causing great bodily injury.
 
Burleigh is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail. Police said they will present their case against her to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday for charges to be filed.
TRACEY LARSEN March 03, 2014 at 08:56 PM
My prays go out to the mother who has Cared for her child al her life And thats the way she pays her Mother back. She should be ashamed of her self may you rot in hell you dirty rotten piece of shit
Janelle Hargrove March 04, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Did someone forget to take their anti-psychiotic? Could of been dealing with some addiction issues and she just lost it. Sad when folks don't seek proper help for their anger issues. Must of been filled with remorse and guilt, thus calling the police. Who knows what was going on in that family prior to this-- Is this the reincarnation of Lizzie Borden?
Autumn Johnson March 04, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Woman Charged Who Attacked Mother With Hammer Charged with Murder http://newark.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/woman-charged-who-attacked-mother-with-hammer-charged-with-murder
Nadja Adolf March 08, 2014 at 03:47 AM
Janelle, the behavior described in newspaper articles and on TV news sounded more indicative of a character disorder than psychosis. Psychosis isn't the only thing that can lead to extremely bizarre behavior - psychopaths are notorious for incomprehensible acts. Since character disorder and addiction go hand in hand, addiction wouldn't be unexpected. According to newspapers and TV news, there was longstanding friction between the victim and her daughter and grandson whom she had taken into her home. The friction apparently was related to the drug production facility the grandson erected in the backyard, and the use of drugs by both the daughter and grandson. The grandson apparently also had a stockpile of illegal weapons for protecting his drug operation from fellow criminals. The victim called police twice on the same day: once following an altercation; and then a second time, and during the second call the police discovered the marijuana grow and refining operation. The drugs and illegal weapons were confiscated, and police began to seek out the grandson to arrest him. The daughter was outraged that the victim was being "mean" to the grandson by not permitting him to continue his drug factory operation, so she lay in wait with a sledgehammer for the victim. The offender may have a drug problem and could possibly be intellectually challenged. It isn't clear that she suffers from remorse, she may have called police and admitted her offense as there was another relative, apparently not involved in the drug operation, upstairs in the house during the offense who apparently remained upstairs. One article suggested that she told the police she'd do it again, because the victim insisted on being "mean" to the grandson by calling the police on his drug factory. My personal belief is that this case should result in the death penalty; forget that the victim was the killer's own mother, and consider the fact that she murdered her for calling the police to report a crime. I believe that switches are for those who give stitches to snitches.
Nadja Adolf March 08, 2014 at 03:49 AM
Let me emphasize - she lay in wait to kill her mother with a SLEDGEHAMMER, not a garden variety hardware store carpenter's hammer. Think Karla Faye Tucker.

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