July 31, 2009
Burlington, VT (The Weekly Vice) – Valerie Beale, a 23-year-old Vermont resident, pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first degree murder at her arraignment on Monday.
Beale was first arrested on Sunday when Burlington police responded to a report that she allegedly threatened to stab her 13-month-old baby girl and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Allen Charbonneau.
According to Charbonneau’s affidavit, it all began when Beale’s thirteen-month-old daughter began crying earlier that Sunday. Beale reportedly began to storm around the house and said to Charbonneau, who was seated on the bed holding the baby, “You shut up the ******* baby…or I will.”
Charbonneau went on to say Beale grabbed a 4-inch knife, pointed it toward the child, and said, “Well, I’ll quiet the baby down.” She then jabbed the knife at the baby's face, nicking Charbonneau's hand as he tried to protect her.
Beale let up, threatening to “put a smile on that baby’s face” if the baby didn't quiet down. Charbonneau described Beale's demeanor as “not a motherly look, but that of a crack addict if you stole his crack.”
Beale attacked Charbonneau and the baby yet again, scratching and punching her boyfriend in the back as he huddled on the floor over the baby. Eventually, he grabbed the baby and ran upstairs as Beale ran out of the house. Officers arrested her a half-mile from the home, still in possession of the knife.
Investigators say Beale stated she was simply quoting 'The Joker' from Batman films and that her intent was to amuse the baby. She further stated that when she saw the knife on the bed next to Charbonneau, she removed it to protect the baby.
She was booked into the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility on charges of attempted murder and two counts of domestic assault. She is currently being held without bail.
Prosecutors say the baby was released to Charbonneau’s custody under the supervision of the the Vermont DCF.
The Weekly Vice Opinion
Show of hands please – how many of you folks thing stabbing a baby is likely to put a smile on his/her face?
I’m not sure how in the world this woman could possibly think her story was plausible. Why would a knife be in the room? Why would she attack him while he was holding the baby? And last, why would she leave the house if she felt he would hurt the child?
She's a joker alright.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 12:46:00 AM