A teenage girl was allegedly attacked and strangled by her mother and a man at their Lincolnshire residence last month, prosecutors said.
Michael McDonald, 51, of Lincolnshire, and Valerie Smith, 36, of Lincolnshire, were both charged with two counts of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
On July 22, Smith tried to wake up her sleeping teenage daughter at their Lincolnshire residence, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Lillian Lewis said during a bond hearing.
Smith and McDonald, who lives in the same residence, allegedly began to call the victim names.
Smith then began to hit her daughter, drag her to the ground by her hair and choke her, Lewis said.
McDonald then got involved and allegedly slapped and choked the victim.
The Lincolnshire Police Department responded to the residence and found the victim with a large abrasion to her neck and a small abrasion by her eyebrow.
Smith and McDonald were both arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail.
Lake County Judge Veronica O’Malley called the incident an “extremely serious matter” and set both Smith and McDonald’s bond at $75,000.
O’Malley also ordered both defendants not to have any contact with the victim.
McDonald posted bail and was released on July 24, jail records show.
Smith remains held at the Lake County Jail.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear in court on August 16 for an arraignment.