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8/12/2013 6:01:00 AM
Child abuse charges dismissed against woman, husband may follow
Herminia Ibarra-Mitchell
Herminia Ibarra-Mitchell
Jerome Mitchell
Jerome Mitchell
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Child abuse charges have been dropped on a Prescott Valley woman and her husband will likely also have similar charges against him dropped as well, according to court documents.

Jerome Mitchell, 60, and Herminia Ibarra-Mitchell, 60, were arrested on Jan. 15. Jerome was accused of child abuse, and Herminia was accused of child abuse and child molestation. A police report said a teacher of the victim - a girl - noticed scratches and "extensive bruising" on the girl and the school called Prescott Valley police.

The school official who made the call said that she had training and experience that led her to believe the girl was an abuse victim, the report said, and she found bruises over "a large portion of her body."

The victim told police that she didn't want to tell them how she got the injuries because a family member "told her not to talk about it or tell anyone," according to a police probable cause statement.

On July 29, Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley found that Herminia was not competent to stand trial and not treatable by the Yavapai County Restoration to Competency program. She dismissed the charges against Herminia and released her. A court record notes that her "family intends to pursue guardianship (of the children) in the future."

That same day, Jerome appeared before Ainley for a pretrial conference.

However, a document notes that "defense counsel informs the court that there have been discussions with the state regarding potential dismissal" and attorney Daniel Kaiser requested a continuance until an Aug. 19 change-of-plea appearance.

Jerome is out of custody on $15,000 bond.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Article comment by: good ol yavapai

So these "parents" are released by the court and allowed to return home to their children...while another who is innocent is being held in yavapai county against his will and all he wants is to return home to his children. Whats wrong with yavapai county???!!!

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Article comment by: L C

http://dcourier.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=54112&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&S=1

Some people play the crazy card. Todd was released (free) because he couldn't be returned to competentcy. Parents, do you know who your children are with?


Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Article comment by: Doesnt Matter

If any of you really cared you would get a copy of the police report.. If you all really cared about these children you would have gone to every court date. If you wanted to know what really happen to this family and where the children really ended up, you would have followed the story and asked more questions from day one. The Truth will never be known because the truth would make CPS look very bad. But who cares really ya'll just keep on living in the little box society has created for you and keep swallowing the lies the media feeds you.

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Doesn't Compute

So a young child was documented to have "extensive bruising over a large portion of her body" as well as some kind of signs of sexual abuse, and was told "not to talk or tell anyone about it". At this point, we don't know if the male guardian is having charges dropped because he didn't participate in/know about the abuse (which I highly doubt, but still all the facts aren't out on him yet).

What we DO know is that the female guardian was found to be incompetent to stand trial, could not be restored to competency (so obviously some kind of mental problems there) and she is just going to be released without any kind of action by the courts? Is the judge suggesting people you can beat and violate children with no consequences if your mentally disturbed? IF she has some kind of mental issue where she truly did not understand what she was doing was wrong, she needs to be removed from the general population and put in a controlled environment capable of dealing with her problems (aka mental health facility) so that she cannot harm any other children or venerable people she comes in contact with. And to even entertain the idea of her regaining custody of this (or any other) child is unfathomable. What is wrong with our justice system?!


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: reality hits you hard bro

When was it in the Courier that Sheila Polks muppets got awards for all they do? Threaten 400 years, accept 10, a conviction again. Is that not their job, why the awards. The clown show continues. I believe she was gonna be the " no plea deal prosecutor " and the joke continues.

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you to the school official

Thank you to the school official who made that call. School officials and others working with children are "mandated reporters" and must make the phone call if there is any concern and/or a child discloses something. PERIOD. This school official did the right thing no matter what the outcome. THANK YOU for protecting our children.

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Jen ...

"found that Herminia was not competent to stand trial and not treatable by the Yavapai County Restoration to Competency program. She dismissed the charges ..."

WHAT???? Can the Courier please do a little further reporting here? How can this possibly be?

If one is alleged to have commited a crime and then one is found not competent to stand trial and not treatable...the charges are just dismissed?? CRAZINESS!


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Boru

"The school official who made the call said that she had training and experience that led her to believe the girl was an abuse victim, "

Pretty serious matter. I wonder what exactly the training was.


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Incomprehensible !

I well never, never understand the decisions made by our local Judges in these cases.
The local justice system has a tolerance for child abuse (sexual and other) that is unimaginable.


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Raoul Duke

So now your splashing mugshots across the front page of people not being charged with crimes? Keep ruining lives Courier. Classy as ever.

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Zig E.

Did I read this right ? Basically "Your crazy so we're going to let you go". That's it ? Released to whom ? And what's this "pursue guardianship in the future" statement ? In the future ? Really ?

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Hava Javelina

So how old is the child? What is the disposition of the child? Did she go back to the home where she probably received the injuries? Why does a 60 year-old couple have a young child?

Inquiring minds want to know...


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

Even though the charges were dropped it sounds like 2 more lives were destroyed thanks to the PVPD and Sheila Polk's gang of thugs.
Hey Sheila when are you gonna get some arrests going regarding the Iron Brotherhood? PV still has no head honcho for their liars, I mean police force because Fessler was allowed to resign and collect his pension...


Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013
Article comment by: Not Competent ??

If she is competent to contribute to her own defense, and "not treatable" by Yavapai Restoration, is she ok to be a parent of a young child she is trying to adopt?

Aren't they a little elderly to be adopting? They can't contribute to their defense, so they are just "dropping" the charges? WHAT????!!!!




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