Woman Accused of Driving Over Campers’ Tent
A Fort Bragg woman who had repeatedly threatened to kill the 2-year-old child of a campground neighbor was arrested for suspicion of attempted murder early Wednesday (Aug. 10) after attempting to run down the girl’s family tent, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said.
Both the suspect, Cheri Martin, 51, and the toddler’s family had been living at the Wildwood Campground and RV Park on Highway 20, about two miles outside of town, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.
Authorities said the child was in the tent with her mother, Tiffany Washburn, 21, around 6 a.m. Wednesday when Martin got into her car and made several attempts to run over the tent, though trees and other obstacles prevented it.
Martin then changed course and attempted to ram the family’s vehicle, injuring the girl’s father, Richard Washburn, when both parents tried to intervene, authorities said.
Washburn, 29, was taken to Mendocino Coast District Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.
Martin, meanwhile, left the campground but was quickly apprehended by responding law enforcement personnel on Highway 20 outside Fort Bragg, authorities said.
She was being held at the Mendocino County Jail, with bail of $500,000, authorities said.