Woman pleads not guilty to assaulting baby, makes bizarre statements

Staff writerJune 17, 2013 

Anna Murphy appears in court on Monday.

ADAM LYNN — Staff writer

A 35-year-old woman accused of purposely throwing her 3-month-old daughter to the floor Sunday made statements to arresting deputies about alternate dimensions and Hitler, court records show.

Anna A. Murphy pleaded not guilty Monday to a single count of second-degree child assault during her arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Murphy jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail and prohibited her from having contact with children should she be released.

Murphy was arrested at her home outside Puyallup after she called 911 to report she’d committed a crime against her daughter, court records show. The girl’s father took the phone and told dispatchers Murphy told him she’d intentionally dropped their daughter on the floor, court records show. The father examined the infant and found blood inside her mouth, the records state. He also told deputies Murphy threatened to commit suicide about a month ago.

The girl was taken to the hospital, where she initially was diagnosed with an injured tongue. Doctors were conducting further tests, prosecutors said.

Murphy later told deputies she thought the infant was trying to kill her, so she threw the child to the floor.

“The defendant said she was having her first exorcism,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers. “She admitted she threw (the girl) on the ground because she thought she was traveling to another dimension and the defendant was trying to save her.”

Murphy later told doctors who examined her that she was “in a house of mirrors with Hitler,” court records show.

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