Police: Nashua mom choked, punched teen daughterBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
April 20. 2017 11:11AM
NASHUA — A woman has been arrested for allegedly punching and choking her 16-year-old daughter after the girl told her she was moving out.
Leah McKim, 51, of 34 Balcom St., is now prohibited from having any contact with her daughter.
The teen told police that an argument ensued after McKim told her she could not leave the home Wednesday evening; the teen called her mother a (expletive) and walked away.
McKim then followed her daughter to her room and the girl repeated the vulgarity, police said.
“(She) stated that McKim then began punching her and she attempted to use her arms to block them,” according to court documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
The teen told police that her mother sat on her, placed both of her hands around her neck and choked her until she experienced impeded breathing.
The teenager grabbed a belt and began swinging it around, telling McKim to get away from her, at which point the mother allegedly started hitting her daughter with a laundry basket, court records state.
The girl escaped to a friend’s house and contacted police; she went to St. Joseph Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to her face and neck.
The mother told police that her daughter has been allowing unknown juveniles into their home, and that they have been arguing since February.
“McKim stated she had enough of (her daughter) being disrespectful ... that she snapped and began to strike,” says court records. McKim alleged that at some point during the altercation they were both choking each other.
If convicted of the felony second-degree assault charges, McKim could face up to seven years in prison for each offense. She will be back in court on May 15 for a probable cause hearing.
Police described McKim as the primary aggressor. She was arrested and charged with simple assault, domestic violence simple assault, second-degree assault and domestic violence second-degree assault.
She was arraigned Thursday where bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance or $500 cash. A protective order has been granted that prohibits McKim from having any contact with her daughter.
According to court documents, McKim waived her Miranda rights and told police that her daughter, whose probation ended on Feb. 14, has been coming home intoxicated and impaired.