Nevada mother to plead guilty in crash involving 2 schoolgirls

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who was charged with attempting to kill two schoolgirls she accused of fighting with her daughter at a Las Vegas-area high school plans to plead guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving, his attorney said Tuesday.

Fatima Maria Mitchell, 36, remained jailed on $250,000 bond ahead of her scheduled plea Wednesday in Clark County District Court on a single felony charge stemming from a March 28 crash near Base High School in Henderson.

Mitchell’s attorney, Roger Bailey, said his client faces a one-to-six-year prison term, but will seek a mental health evaluation and probation under a County Court diversion program. Clark.

Prosecutors handling the case did not immediately respond to messages on Tuesday.

The battery and attempted murder with the use of a weapon charges were dropped Monday, when Mitchell agreed in Henderson court to bypass a preliminary hearing and take the case to state court.

Police alleged that Mitchell used his vehicle as a deadly weapon. He hit a tree, a concrete panel and the two girls, who were treated in hospital for broken bones but were expected to recover. Their ages have not been made public.

Henderson police alleged Mitchell deliberately walked towards the girls because they had a fight with his daughter at school.

School police said fights earlier in the day on campus by 2,400 students resulted in citations for four students and the separate arrest of a parent.

The incidents were among several that raised concerns about campus safety during a school year that ended last month in the nation’s fifth-largest school district.

Clark County School Police have documented more than 40 students hit by vehicles on the way to school, the on-campus confiscation of 31 firearms and reports of some 3,000 assaults and fights , said Lt. Bryan Zink.

In April, a high school teacher was attacked and left unconscious in her classroom and a teenage girl was arrested on attempted murder, sexual assault and other charges. The teenager’s criminal case is ongoing.

Charges are also pending against another 36-year-old mother who was arrested in December and accused of using her vehicle to beat up at least four minors in a group gathered off campus near a Las Vegas high school.

Police say three other children suffered minor injuries in the incident which escalated after the woman, Jaquitta Madison, confronted a student and his mother, alleging Madison’s son had been bullied at school.

Madison has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail ahead of a preliminary hearing Aug. 31 on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, the van.

Madison’s attorney, Philip Singer, was in court Tuesday and did not immediately respond to phone and email messages.

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